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Hallmark Health Named 2014 Most Wired

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.

 

Hallmark Health System President and CEO to chair Massachusetts Hospital Association Board of Trustees

Michael V. Sack, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Health System was named the 74th chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Trustees at MHA's Annual Meeting on June 12. He succeeds Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Medical Center, who held the one-year post from June 2013.

In his inaugural speech, Sack called for the hospital community to focus on the health care excellence provided by the hospital and health system community, which, he said, “inspires bright young people to travel from around the country to be educated at Massachusetts medical schools and hospitals, and people to travel from around the globe to be treated here.
 
“But of course, merely resting on your laurels ensures that that the success we have achieved will wither away,” Sack continued. “That’s why we’re constantly reforming our system, improving, and polishing it.  And that’s not easy to do. It takes innovation, creative leadership and – somewhat ironically in an era of intense competition – a sense of unity that this association provides.”

Hallmark Health System named ‘Reader’s Choice’

Hallmark Health System placed regional gold in the hospital category while Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford took regional silver and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital took regional bronze in the same category in Community Newspaper Company’s Annual Reader’s Choice Poll this year. Voting took place online and in print this past January and February and included readers from Malden, Melrose, Medford, Reading, Saugus and Stoneham. Hallmark Health System will be listed along with other winners in a Reader’s Choice special supplement.

Hallmark Health Medical Associates welcomes Candan Yorgancioglu, MD

Candan Yorgancioglu, MD (formerly Candan Zaimoglu) has joined Hallmark Health Medical Associates, a group of more than 70 providers in Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham and Winthrop. HHMA is part of Hallmark Health System, which also includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice in Malden.

Dr. Yorgancioglu has joined Dr. Albert Fine and Dr. George Feltin at 101 Main Street in Medford. Dr. Yorgancioglu received her medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal. She completed her internship and residency at Tufts University/Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Dr. Yorgancioglu is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has practiced in the greater Boston area since 2006. She is fluent in Turkish and English.  
 
Dr. Yorgancioglu is accepting new primary care patients. For an appointment, please call 781-395-2114.

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. For more information on HHMA, visit www.hhma.org.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

Dr. Harnett honored by Massachusetts Psychiatric Society

David Harnett, MD, System Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services of Hallmark Health was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society with a Presidential Award in recognition of his dedication and service.

Dr. Harnett was recognized for his longstanding service as Chair of the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. In this role he has provided expert testimony at the State House, mentored members in training, and helped educate the community on the mental health needs of older adults.

Dr. Harnett recently launched a new service, The Center for Healthy Minds at Hallmark Health System, which provides outpatient geriatric psychiatry evaluation and treatment.

For more information about The Center for Healthy Minds and HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

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