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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.

Hallmark Health System offers information on flu prevention, treatment

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks. Whether you already have the flu or want to protect yourself against it, Hallmark Health System (HHS) can help you and your family.

“It is important that individuals get vaccinated early so they can protect themselves against the flu,” said Thomas Byrne, MD, medical director at Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA). “Every year our physicians’ offices see countless patients with the flu. We recommend anyone who thinks they have the flu to stay home if they can to help prevent the spread of the flu to friends, family and co-workers.”

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
* Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
* Cough
* Sore throat
* Runny or stuffy nose
* Muscle or body aches
* Headaches
* Fatigue
* Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If you are looking for a physician, HHMA has more than 70 providers in nine local communities including Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham and Winthrop. For more information or to search for a physician, visit hhma.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 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 hospitals earn ‘A’ grade for patient safety for the third time

Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital earned an “A” grade in patient safety for the third year in a row from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization of employers and other purchasers of healthcare committed to encouraging safer, higher quality healthcare.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country.

“Hallmark Health System is very committed to patient safety and has invested in technology, staff training and great people to make sure we are successful in providing the very best care to each and every one of our patients,” said Maureen Pierog, MS, RN, vice president of quality improvement and patient safety at Hallmark Health System. “We are proud to have our patient safety efforts recognized by the Leapfrog Group during the past three years.”  

Leapfrog launched the Hospital Safety Score initiative to provide usable information to the public and to stimulate improvements in hospital safety. Scores for more than 2,600 general hospitals were calculated and each was assigned a consumer-friendly grade rating its safety from A to F. An “A” grade denotes the best hospital safety score. Hallmark Health System was one of 790 hospitals in the United States to receive an “A” grade.

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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