- Created on Monday, October 20 2014 14:37
Malden High School seniors Isaac Bethea and Michaela Ilebode hope they will never have to use CPR in a real-life situation, but thanks to the training they received on October 15, they both feel confident that they would know what to do in an emergency.
Isaac and Michaela were part of a group of 100 Malden High seniors who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as part of a community outreach program at Hallmark Health. The program, funded by the annual Stridefor Healthy Communities fundraising walk, has trained 900-1,200 high school students each of the past five years. Each student is given a Family & Friends CPR Anytime training kit developed by the American Heart Association. The kit includes an inflatable learning "Manikin," bilingual instructional DVDs, reminder cards, and full instructions, and Hallmark Health nurses and athletic trainers and paramedics from Cataldo Ambulance Service provide hands-on instruction.
According to Danielle Patturelli, RN, clinical outreach and education coordinator for cardiac and endovascular services at Hallmark Health, there has been a drop-off in the number of people learning CPR. "The program was put together to reach out to young people, get them engaged, and boost the number of trained individuals in our community. We are currently working with the high schools in Malden, Medford, Melrose and Wakefield, who have incorporated this training into their health and physical education curriculum."
The training doesn't end at the end of each session, either. Each student is asked to take their kit home and use it to train three other people. Michaela will be training her parents and 15-year-old brother, while Isaac is prepared to work with his younger cousins.
Patturelli adds that when CPR is administered before arriving at a hospital, the chance of survival for the patient increases three times. She feels confident that these training sessions are giving teens the skills to jump in to help in the event of an emergency.
- Created on Monday, September 22 2014 19:04
As the respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68 continues to spread among children and young adults throughout the country, we asked Richard Olans, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and member of Hallmark Health Medical Associates, to give us a basic understanding of enterovirus D68.
As Dr. Olans explains, there are many enteroviruses (hundreds). They live in the gut, but can infect numerous other organ systems. He points out that enteroviruses have been known for several decades, causing summer rash and respiratory illnesses and even viral meningitis, but new technologies have made their detection easier. This particular
enterovirus we are currently seeing (D68) primarily affects the lungs and airways.
Those who are most commonly being affected by D68 are children and young adults, typically between the ages of 2-18.
Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Most of the children who got very ill in the Midwest had difficulty breathing and some had wheezing. Many of these children had an underlying respiratory disease, such as asthma.
Dr. Olans is an advocate for "common sense precautions" when it comes to prevention. "Cover your cough, cough into your sleeve, and use old fashioned hand washing techniques," he says. "Viruses that come from the gut, like enteroviruses, are not killed with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, so everyone should get in the habit of washing their hands with soap and water for 30-60 seconds."
Dr. Olans says that there are no specific treatments or "magic bullet" antiviral medicines for people with enterovirus D68, so many of the over-the-counter cold and flu medications can help with the symptoms. Those with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.
"Parents of kids with asthma or other reactive airway disease should update their asthma action plan with their primary care doctor, and be aware of the development of any worsening symptoms," says Dr. Olans. "Children should have their reliever medications with them at all times, and teachers and school nurses should be aware of any respiratory conditions."
For more information about enterovirus D68, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/
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- Created on Thursday, September 11 2014 15:50
Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA) has introduced a new service to its patients, offering easy online access to appointments with select physicians. At launch, the service provides patients with online appointment scheduling with primary care and OB/GYN providers. Additional doctors, specialties, and appointment times will be added in coming months.
This service is powered by ZocDoc – a company with a mission of improving health care access, which is made possible through strategic partnerships with organizations like HHMA. To use the free service, patients visit the HHMA website.
Existing patients can search for available appointment times with their physicians. New patients looking for a physician can also see appointment availability of participating physicians, along with qualifications, patient reviews, photos, and more tools to help patients choose the practitioner who best fits their needs. Patients simply select a timeslot and complete a brief registration process to schedule an appointment. Patients will also receive email and text message appointment reminders for added convenience. The service eliminates the need for phone calls and allows patients to search for and schedule appointments with HHMA doctors anytime at patients' convenience, even when the doctor's office is closed.
- Created on Thursday, September 11 2014 15:45
Hallmark Health's Team Medford (staff who volunteer in the City of Medford) held their 7th annual school supplies drive to benefit Medford Public Schools. This year's drive was another great success with items donated adding up to a retail value of nearly $20,000!
The items will be distributed to students throughout Medford Public Schools. The drive was also supported by major sponsor Staples, as well as Armstrong Ambulance, Medford Kiwanis, and the Medford High School PTO.
- Created on Wednesday, August 27 2014 17:31
For the third consecutive year, Hallmark Health has been recognized as a Most Wired hospital/system, through the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers, according to the survey. Most Wired hospitals, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors.
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
“Hallmark Health is proud to be named to the Most Wired list once again,” said Carol Dresser, vice president of information services at Hallmark Health. “Our entire staff - from the information services team to clinicians to support staff - play important roles in using technology to support the efficient delivery of high-quality patient care.”
“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”
The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.
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