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Hallmark Health North Suburban WIC mobile food market recognized

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce the North Suburban WIC mobile food market received one of the six inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Awards at the Massachusetts Department of Health 2013 Ounce of Prevention Conference on Oct. 22.

Individuals and groups have been historically recognized for outstanding contributions to community health improvement at the conference through multiple awards, including most recently the Community Transformation Awards. In 2013, these awards were renamed in honor of Peter Lee, the late director of the Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities at Health Resources in Action. A leader in the Healthy Communities movement in Massachusetts and across the country before his untimely death in 2012, Lee personified the principles of Healthy Communities in his professional and personal life, and was a longtime participant and organizer of the Ounce of Prevention Conference through the 2012 conference.

The mobile food market was also recently named a finalist for the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Services Awards. The program will be further evaluated for both the “Program of Excellence” and “Program of Promise” awards to be presented at the national Hospital Charitable Services Conference on Feb. 4, 2014 in Atlanta. Awardees will share a prize pool of $100,000.

HHS partners with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), 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 area communities. Since August 2012, HHS’s North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office at 239 Commercial St. in Malden, has hosted the mobile market each month.  During this time, the program has served thousands of local families considered “food insecure”—having limited or no resources to purchase low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

Other key community partners to the market include the Malden Zonta Club, a local service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide and to locally serve the community. Malden Zontians oversee the food distribution efforts at the market. The City of Malden, HHS employees and local residents who benefit from the market also volunteer their time to support the success of this important community program.
For more information about the mobile food market, call 781-338-7568. 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.

Comprehensive Breast Center celebrates success after first year

The Hallmark Health System (HHS) Comprehensive Breast Center, located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave., has been up and running for a little more than a year now and is celebrating its inaugural success. The Center offers patients access to the latest technological advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Through our collaborative approach and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services, patients at HHS receive accurate diagnosis and immediate care, with an emphasis on compassion.

Services at the Center include:

  • Diagnostic digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Breast cyst and fine needle aspirations
  • Galactography
  • Nurse navigator
  • Surgery consults
  • Lymphedema specialist
  • Social worker

Still, the Center’s main focus is its patients’ continued care and that has been one of the reasons to its success. Everett resident Marie Baker doesn’t get nervous or overly excited about anything, so when a mass was detected during her annual mammogram at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford she didn’t overreact. She was referred to Catherine Tucker, MD at the Comprehensive Breast Center for a biopsy.

“Even if you don’t want to get nervous over something like this you get nervous,” said Marie, 66.

Thankfully the Center’s staff was able to put her at ease. Marie said from the moment she entered the building her anxiety level steadily decreased. She was struck by the staff’s genuine compassion and thankful that they took the time to walk her through every step of the biopsy, what she could expect and answered all her questions.

“I was just so amazed by how I was treated,” said Marie. “I felt like royalty like I was someone really special.”

Marie received good news soon after her procedure -the mass was benign. She was so relieved, but still thankful for the positive experience she had at the Center. Marie said she wouldn’t think twice about going back to the Center or recommending it to friends and family for their breast health needs.

“I was so grateful I had access to great healthcare,” she said. “The Center was just fabulous. It was an amazing experience from start to finish.”
 
For more information on the Center, call (781) 224-5806.  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 System 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 introduces The Center for Healthy Minds

The Hallmark Health Center for Healthy Minds at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford provides comprehensive assessment and treatment service for older adults living in the community who are facing difficult challenges such as depression and sadness, memory loss, confusion, difficulty coping with illness or loss of independence. The team of geriatric health professionals at The Center for Healthy Minds will help identify and treat problems that interfere with the healthy aging process.

The initial hour long appointment with David Harnett, MD will focus on current concerns and ways in which the patient can reach their individual goals. A plan of care will be developed in collaboration with the patient, family and primary care provider. Treatment options and services include:
* Medications to alleviate symptoms
* Behavioral and environmental strategies to assist caregivers
* Individual and family psychotherapy
* Occupational therapy treatment
* Cognitive assessments for driving skills
* Linkage to community based resources
* Support groups
* Educational programs on aging and wellness

The Center for Healthy Minds is directed by Dr. Harnett, a renowned geriatric psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of aging, and includes occupational therapy and clinical social work professionals with extensive experience in aging and wellness.

For more information about the Center or to make an appointment, please call 781-306-6160. You may also visit www.hallmarkhealth.org and select “Programs.” 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 System is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

Urgent Care Center now open in Reading

It’s a weekend evening and you think you may be sick. You need immediate relief. Your physician’s office is closed and you can’t afford the expensive co-payment for a visit to the hospital emergency department. Where do you turn for quick and affordable medical care?   

The new Urgent Care Center at Hallmark Health Medical Center, located at 30 Newcrossing Road in Reading, will have you in and out on the road to recovery in no time. Most patients are seen in 15 minutes or less from the time they arrive. The modern Center is easily accessible from Exit 39 off of Route 128. No appointment is needed. Walk right in and you will be seen by a team of emergency medicine providers who are committed to providing you with prompt, personalized care. The Center treats adults and children with minor injuries and medical problems like bumps and bruises, aches and pains 365 days a year, from morning to night.

You will be greeted by an experienced Patient Access Navigator who will make you feel at ease, coordinate your visit and arrange any testing or follow-up appointments you may need. The navigator, a role that is unique to the Center, will also help you find a primary care or specialty physician if needed. The Center also includes a telemedicine room, which links to the Emergency Departments at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for patients that may need a higher level of care.

“The Center is a great benefit to our entire region,” said Deborah Cronin-Waelde, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, ONC, system director of Emergency Services at HHS. “Unlike other centers, we have a highly trained team of emergency medicine providers ready to deliver prompt care to our patients, weekdays, weekends and holidays. We recognize that adults and kids have busy lives, which is why we are committed to providing them with quick and effective treatment at a time that fits in their schedule.”

The Center is open every day of the year. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Treatments/evaluations offered for:
* Common illnesses                
o Allergies
o Bladder infections
o Coughs
o Sinus infections
o Ear infections
o Sore throat
o Rashes
o Viruses
* Minor injuries:
o Cuts/scrapes
o Minor burns
o Sprains
o Contusions
* Other:
o Back/muscle pain
o Fractures/dislocations
o Cuts/lacerations
o Infections

To learn more about the Center, call 781-213-5500 or visit urgentcaring.org.

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 System 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 named Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe

Hallmark Health System (HHS) has been named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. This year, HHS received the highest marks in their respective size categories.

“As our economy continues to heal, most of the benchmarks for progress are purely quantitative, such as increased pay rates and expanded benefits packages. While there is definite value in these indicators, many signs of recovery cannot be boiled down to pure economics. The companies on our Top Places to Work list foster productivity and innovation by investing in the happiness of their employees, which cannot solely be measured in dollars and cents,” said Boston Globe Business Editor Mark Pothier.

The Boston Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work survey, conducted by employee survey firm WorkplaceDynamics, measured more than 76,000 individuals’ responses to statements regarding six key factors related to employee happiness, including company direction, execution, employee connection, work load and responsibility, management, and pay and benefits. Least important were pay, benefits and work-life balance, with survey subjects placing much higher importance on employee appreciation, confidence and feeling that their work is meaningful.

HHS, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has also been named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” list every year for the past nine years.

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 System 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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