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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.

Hallmark Health System receives 'green' award

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce it has received a 2013 Green Award from the city of Medford. HHS was recognized for making significant investments in infrastructure to improve overall energy efficiency including upgrades to high efficiency boilers/burners to reduce national gas consumption, modern control systems, central chilled water plant upgrades that allow motors to run based on demand, and high efficiency HVAC units. Other environmental initiatives implemented include electric car charging stations, recycling and linen use programs.

HHS and the other award winners were announced at the Medford’s annual Harvest Your Energy Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26 by Mayor Michael McGlynn, Jodie Coyne, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and Fred Laskey, chairman of the Medford Energy Committee. The Green Awards Program is co-sponsored by the Medford Energy Committee and the Chamber of Commerce. The program recognizes businesses (including non-profits) and homeowners who are implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures, as well as environmentally friendly practices that promote sustainability.

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