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Hallmark Health System adds charging stations for electric cars

As part of Hallmark Health System’s (HHS) commitment to improving the environment and the health of its communities, a number of environmentally “green” programs have been introduced over the last few years including recycling, linen use programs and facility projects that reduce energy use. Now, HHS is pleased to announce its newest initiatives – electric car charging stations for employees, physicians and visitors.

HHS has added charging stations for electric cars at Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH). The LMH charging station is located in the Emergency Department parking lot by the power plant building. The MWH location is on the first floor of the parking garage adjacent to the handicapped parking spaces across from the elevator. Charging will be free of charge for a limited time; a nominal charge will be assessed beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

Nicole Bloor, MD, president of the HHS medical staff, believes it is important to create more of these charging stations. “Installing more charging stations for electric cars is an important step that encourages the use of these vehicles and thus helps us to reduce carbons emissions. I drive a plug-in hybrid car which is perfect for my short commute of less than 30 miles. But for those who take longer trips, the greater availability charging stations would make all the difference in deciding to buy an electric/hybrid car or a conventional car. I commend Hallmark Health System for taking a leadership role on this issue.”

Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice receives high scores

Patients receiving care from Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice (HHVNA and Hospice) from April 2012 to May 2013 most often rated the agency “exceptional” or “excellent,” reflecting a positive trending with Home Health Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (HH-CAHPS). HH-CAHPS is a standardized survey tool designed by The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Key drivers in which patients rated HHVNA and Hospice extremely high were: communicating with patients, reviewing medication, pain management and home safety, providing care in a professional manner, overall care from the home health agency, and recommending the home health agency to family and friends. HH-CAHPS is a survey tool specific to home health. Hospice caregiver scores also trended positively and consistently over the last 12 months. Caregivers comment on teamwork and compassion as key drivers to overall satisfaction.

Diane Farraher-Smith, RN, president of HHVNA and Hospice, credits the HH-CAHPS positive trending scores to the organization’s staff, who uphold the highest standards in delivering superior care to patients.

“These high scores demonstrate the commitment of our entire team in providing quality outcomes and in improving the quality of life of our patients,” Farraher-Smith said. “It shows that our patients are extremely satisfied with the services we provide for them with the utmost care and respect. It also reaffirms the high level of consistent quality care we are honored to provide to individuals and families every day. Our agency continues to focus on providing excellent home health and hospice care with exceptional patient satisfaction.”

“These publically reported scores demonstrate not only a positive trending for our agency but compared to our state average, we are equal or better in almost all categories,” said Lorraine Murphy, RN, director of Quality and Patient Safety for HHVNA and Hospice.

HHVNA and Hospice has also been recognized as a premier home health agency by HomeCare Elite™. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies. Recipients are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance. HHVNA and Hospice, which is celebrating 114 years of service, provides comprehensive home health and hospice care to residents in 23 cities and towns in the Greater Boston/northern communities. Programs offered include palliative care and hospice, telehealth, wound, skin, and ostomy care, bone and joint rehabilitation, cardiac, diabetes, pulmonary, pediatrics, maternal/child health and IV therapy. In addition, the agency provides extensive community outreach and offers several support and bereavement groups to assist caregivers and those who are surviving loss. 

For information on any programs or services provided by Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, please call 781-338-7902 or visit www.hallmarkhealthhomecare.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.

Hallmark Health System welcomes new VP

Aug. 12, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce the addition of Nancy Bittner, PhD, CNS, RN, the organization’s new vice president of education.

 

In addition to leading the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, located on the LMH campus in Medford, Bittner will work closely with clinical leaders and staff for continued collaboration between the school and the rest of the system in advancing best practice and offering educational opportunities.

 

Bittner joins HHS from Regis College where she had been since 1991 in a variety of positions, most recently as a professor and prior to that as an associate dean. She also served as a Visiting Research Scholar at several health care organizations, an HRSA grant administrator, a critical care nurse specialist and site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (to which she was recently appointed as commissioner).

 

The recipient of many grants and awards, Bittner has reviewed and published extensively in the fields of nursing research and education. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY Institute of Technology and her master’s degree and PhD in nursing from the University of Rhode Island.

 

For more information about Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. For more information on MARN, visit http://www.marnonline.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.

Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast Center named Center of Excellence

Hallmark Health System (HHS) is pleased to announce its Comprehensive Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The Center, located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham, offers patients access to the latest 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. Care is coordinated by a specially-trained nurse navigator who works with radiologists and surgeons who specialize in breast disease to provide a full range of services to meet our patients’ breast health needs.
 
At the Center we work very hard to provide our patients with the very best care and overall experience we can,” saidElisa Scher, RN, MSN, system director of oncology services at HHS. “Being designated an ACR Center of Excellence is such an honor and one we are very proud of.”
 
By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
 
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 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 CHEM Center adds new equipment, technology

The Hallmark Health System CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology recently began treating patients with its new Elekta Infinity™, a highly sophisticated radiation treatment system for cancer that substantially reduces the time required for radiotherapy, while giving clinicians the ability to treat targets more aggressively than ever before.

Elekta Infinity incorporates Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), an innovative way to deliver radiation treatments that is a significant improvement over conventional approaches. With this technology, the target area is continuously irradiated while the source of the beam rotates around the patient. To minimize unnecessary exposure to radiation, Elekta Infinity also incorporates ultra-low dose capabilities through active leakage reduction to ensure minimal dose to critical structures and incorporates real-time assurance that the intended dose is delivered as precisely as planned.

The Center was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

At the Center, conveniently located on Montvale Avenue in Stoneham, patients are offered the perfect blend of clinical expertise coupled with compassionate, personalized care to help them beat cancer and return to healthy living. The Center has been caring for area patients for more than 20 years and was the first freestanding radiation oncology site in Massachusetts. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team is made up of physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists and is led by Medical Director Paul McKeough, MD, who is a board-certified in radiation oncology and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. The Center uses the most up-to-date equipment and techniques available in radiation oncology, which even rivals what is offered at some of the teaching hospitals in Boston.

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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