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Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery accredited as Center of Excellence

The Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has been accredited as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Furthermore, the ASMBS and American College of Surgeons (ACS) have given the bariatric program at Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford full accreditation in the new, unified Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).This designation is reserved for bariatric surgery programs that have demonstrated history of successful patient outcomes. The center has been a Center of Excellence since 2007.

The center’s multi-disciplinary team includes bariatric physician specialists Andras Sandor, MD, and Jennifer Lane, MD, as well as nursing specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and other clinicians to help patients finally achieve and sustain their weight loss goals. The team works closely with each patient to encourage and support them every step of the way. The center provides one-on-one access to clinical, nutritional and behavioral health specialists to help patients get in the right frame of mind to make significant lifestyle changes, healthy eating, exercise and embrace the strategies that lead to successful weight loss. Monthly support groups are also an integral part of the program as patients learn from experts and each other the most effective strategies for losing weight, keeping it off and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

The vision of the ASMBS, the largest society for this specialty in the world, is to improve public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases by:

  • Advancing the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery and increase public understanding of obesity.
  • Fostering collaboration between health professionals on obesity and related diseases.
  • Providing leadership in metabolic and bariatric surgery the multidisciplinary management of obesity.
  • Advocating for health care policy that ensures patient access to prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • Serving the educational needs of our members, the public and other professionals.

For more information about 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.

Hallmark Health System celebrates Doctor’s Day

Sunday, March 30 is Doctor’s Day. Hallmark Health System and our employees extend our gratitude and appreciation to the 650 members of our prestigious medical staff. We gratefully acknowledge and honor their commitment to the highest levels of skill and knowledge along with the compassion they provide in every instance to every patient every day.

Hallmark Health System physicians are steadfast in their unwavering commitment to providing excellence and compassion to their patients. They are the cornerstone of health care delivery and bring quality care to our communities.

Herrington named Hallmark Health System Board of Trustees chairman

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, is pleased to announce that James Herrington of Melrose has been named chairman of the HHS Board of Trustees.

Herrington, who joined the board in 2008, served on the Hallmark Health Physician Hospital Organization and chaired the system's Board Quality and Risk Management committee as well as the Audit and Compliance committee.

Herrington spent more than 30 years as an executive, largely in sales and marketing, directly, or in support of, the health insurance industry. His extensive experience gives him unique perspective of health care’s operating and strategic environment. Herrington succeeds Donna West who served as chairman for four years.

Herrington will lead the board as HHS approaches its proposed plans for an affiliation with Partners HealthCare. The two health care organizations completed a major step in the process recently by filing necessary paperwork with the state and federal government to bring them another step closer to joining forces. The proposal must undergo a regulatory review process at both the state and federal level, which will likely take several months.

“It is an exciting time for Hallmark Health System and our communities as we look forward and plan for the kind of robust health care services required to meet the needs of our patients and communities for generations to come,” said Herrington.

For more information about 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.

Hallmark Health System Mobile Food Market earns national recognition

The North Suburban WIC Mobile Food Market, a program of Hallmark Health System, has received national recognition after winning a Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable “Program of Promise” Service Award. As a new program, the Mobile Food Market was acknowledged for demonstrating a clear vision for addressing underserved community health and prevention needs. This is the third recognition for the market, which also received one of the six inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Awards at the Massachusetts Department of Health 2013 Ounce of Prevention Conference last fall and was recently published in the American Hospital Associations’ 2013 Community Connections publication.

The monthly market is a partnership between Hallmark Health, the Malden Zonta Club, and the Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country, to address the lack of access to healthy food for low-income families in several area communities. The City of Malden and other local social service agencies also lend their support to the Market each month.

The first market was held in August of 2012 and has been held monthly since then at Hallmark Health’s North Suburban WIC office, located at 239 Commercial St. in Malden. During that time the market has served thousands of local families that are considered “food insecure,” defined as having little access to large grocery stores offering low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

“The Mobile Food Market is an example of Hallmark Health System addressing a local problem by partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank to bring healthy food to those in need,” said Eileen Dern, director of community services for Hallmark Health. “Food is one of the most important components of health. Anytime we can put healthy food on a family’s table we are improving their chances to live a healthier life.”

Mobile food markets like this provide a unique solution to addressing food access by offering, fresh, healthy food in a setting similar to a farmers’ market. Families are welcomed to “shop” and are provided with recipes for foods they receive, but may be unfamiliar with. The foods offered differ each month, but are always fresh or frozen and usually include fruits, vegetables, dairy and items like tofu and yogurt. Most families leave with about 30 pounds of food at the end of the hour-long market, which services hundreds of people each month. There is no fee for the market, but participants are required to pre-register.

Hallmark Health was one of five programs commended as early-stage hospital-sponsored programs with a clear vision for addressing underserved community health needs. At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Hospital Charitable Services Conference, each Program of Promise was presented with a monetary investment toward its growth.

“These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities,” said Charles
R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards program. “What makes each Program of Promise unique is their potential to impact their community in life-changing, sustainable ways.”

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Service Awards in 2010 to honor exemplary hospital-sponsored community programs, share their stories and make them models for other programs. Jackson Healthcare also uses the awards to cultivate a community of charitable hospital programs that want to encourage and learn from one another, and establish best practices.
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in at least one of five areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and/or best practice.

For more information about 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.

Hallmark Health System offers childbirth, parenting education programs

Hallmark Health System (HHS) provides childbirth education and other parenting classes conducted by clinical staff, Certified Childbirth Educators, American Heart Association trained CPR and First Aid instructors and other credentialed educators on a variety of topics aimed at promoting community safety, health and wellness. To fit clients’ busy schedules, classes are offered throughout the year, including evenings and weekends.

All Prenatal Education classes are taught by experienced Maternal/Newborn RNs and/or Certified Childbirth Educators. Some educators are also Certified Lactation Consultants. Prenatal classes offered include: 
• The Art of Becoming a New Mom
• The New Dad Difference
• Breastfeeding Basics
• Infant Care-Caring for Your New Baby (Part I) and Keeping Baby Healthy (Part II)
• American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR and First Aid
• Childbirth Education
• Online Childbirth Education Classes

Many of these programs are eligible for insurance reimbursement.

Community Health Education also offers other programs addressing a variety of wellness issues and health improvement for families with young children, including:
• HeartSaver™ Adult, Infant & Child CPR with AED
• “Feeling Good –Discovering Your Strong and Healthy Self” – an 8-session mindfulness wellness program
• Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
• Safe Sitter™ Baby Sitter training (removed “Courses”)
• “Creative Coping” An 8-session parenting support program for new first time mothers

For more information or to register for classes, contact Community Health Education Program Coordinator Diana DeStefano at 781-338-7561 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional parent-child health education and other resources are provided by HHS through the following resources:
• North Suburban Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. For more information, please call 781-338-7578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Healthy Families and Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative Programs for young first-time parents offering home visits, educational programs, groups and more. For more information, please call 781-338-7541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network:
* Infant and Pre-toddler Programs
* Parent and Infant Group     
* Pre-Toddler Play and Learn Groups
* Toddler Play and Learn Groups
* Parent and Caregiver Education Classes
For more information, please contact Kathy Harlow at 781-279-0300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As part of HHS’s commitment to Baby-Friendly hospital principles, Lactation Support is also provided through three intimate and cozy Baby Cafes, located in Melrose, Malden and Everett. While breastfeeding is natural and ideal for both mother and baby, sometimes circumstances arise where guidance and support are needed, or simply reassurance that breastfeeding is going well. We are also available for telephone support or welcome you to schedule an appointment with us at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital by calling 781-979-MILK (6455). Contact us if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding. 

Hallmark Health System also offers Maternal/Newborn services through the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice Inc. All of the Maternal Newborn Nurses are trained Lactation Consultants.  To request services, simply call the Referral/Intake Department at 781-338-7900 and our team of experienced intake professionals will assist you.

For more information about 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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