Nancy Gaden, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Nancy Gaden grew up in Western New Yorkand received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.She began her career as a staff nurse in the Bone Marrow transplant unit at Children’s Hospital in Boston and after graduation with her Masters degree from Boston College, she worked for almost thirteen years at Milton Hospital, in several roles including staff education, and quality improvement. In 1993, she accepted the position of Vice President of Nursingand she served in that role for seven years.
Between 2000 and 2009, Nancy served at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth as their Vice President of Nursingand at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s hospital, initially as Asst. Vice President for Nursingand then as Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO.
Today, Nancy Serves as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Hallmark Health System Inc. Hallmark Health includes two community hospitals, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She is responsible for all of the inpatient medical/surgical, and intensive care units, obstetrics, in and outpatient psychiatry, emergency departments, surgical services, endoscopy, case management, respiratory therapy, and social services.
Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD
Diane is currently the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Hallmark Health,Professional Practice, Nursing Quality and Educationfor Hallmark Health System.
Diane received her BS from Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH and her MS from Salem State College in Salem MA. She has successfully completed her Executive Juris Doctorate - Health Law as a distinguished scholar.
Diane has over 30 years of nursing experience in hospital organizations in a variety of positions. Diane's professional experience includes being the Chair and member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for five years, the Director of Practice and Quality, and the Director of Cancer Care Education and Practice and Quality.
Among her many accomplishments she cites: Achieving Magnet designation at two institutions, developing and implementing the Nursing Quality dashboard, co-led two successful JCAHO hospital surveys, developed and implemented student placement program for area schools of Nursing.
Diane is credited with over 20 presentations and 10 publications and is a member of many professional organizations.
Laurie McCadden, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Laurie McCadden currently holds the position of Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Operations, for the Hallmark Health System. In this role, she is responsible for the operational and financial aspects surrounding the management of nursing resources at Hallmark Health System. She has held medical/surgical, pediatric and critical care staff positions, as well as education and management positions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford prior to its inception into the Hallmark Health System.
Ms. McCadden holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Fitchburg State College and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.
Lori Stevens, BSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Lori Stevens, BSN, MBA has joined our nursing leadership team as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Hallmark Health Systemand Site Administrator, Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She is responsible for all of the inpatient programs at LMH as well as system-wide Endoscopy Services
Lori received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and her MBA from the Simmons School of Management and is currently working on her PhD in Nursing in Health Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Lori has over 20 years of hospital nursing experience including clinical experience in med.surg, critical care and labor and delivery.Since starting in nursing administration in 2001, Lori has held roles with progressive leadership responsibility, most recently as Director of Ambulatory Program Development where she oversaw the development of a 43 million dollar comprehensive ambulatory care center in a community setting.
Lori is a member of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives where she serves on their Government Affairs Committee. In addition, Lori is a member of the American Association of Ambulatory Care Nursing where she serves as Chair of the Legislative Team.
Judy Thorpe, MS, RN, NE-BC
Judy is currently the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Hallmark Health,Nursing Operations, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Judy received her BS, Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in Durham NC and her MS from Boston College in Chestnut Hill MA. She is certified in Six Sigma (green belt). She began her career as a staff nurse in the Cardiothoracic ICU at Memorial Hospital, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. After graduation from Boston College, she worked for almost twenty years as a nurse manager in both academic and community hospitals in the greater Boston area.
In addition, she has been responsible for the implementation of a variety of projects aimed at patient safety and satisfaction including electronic medication administration with bedside scanning. In her role, she is responsible for nursing operations at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital including inpatient medical/surgical, intensive care, obstetrics, surgical services and inpatient psychiatry.
Cheryl Warren, MS, RN, System Director of Clinical and Fiscal Integration
Marie B. McCarthy, MS, RN
Marie McCarthy currently holds the position of Vice President for Education, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Hallmark Health System. In this dual role, she is responsible for the administration of the College's associate degree nursing program as well as continuing professional education and development for the patient services division of the health system. She has held numerous positions in educational administration in the past, as well as positions in clinical nursing as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.
Ms. McCarthy has been a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for thirteen years, serving as Chair for four of those years. She is active in state and national regulatory matters impacting the practice and education of nurses. Ms. McCarthy also served as a Commissioner on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission for five years and is currently a peer evaluator for that organization. She holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Boston College and a master's degree in nursing from Boston University.
Ms. McCarthy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau as well as many other professional and community organizations. She presents frequently on nursing topics throughout the state.
Deborah L. Cronin-Waelde, RN, MSN, ONC, System Director Emergency Services
Deb began her career at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in 1986 as a staff RN in the Emergency Department and has worked in a variety of areas since that time. She has been a staff RN in Surgical Services, managed Middlesex Cardiology, developed our Bone & Joint Programand through progressive leadership has transitioned back to her point of entry as System Director for Emergency Services at Hallmark Health.
In her role as System Director she holds 24 hour responsibility and accountability for all clinical and operational decision making as well as monitoring and evaluation of all activities pertinent to the operations of both the Lawrence Memorial and Melrose Wakefield Hospital Emergency Departments. She reports directly to the Chief Nursing Officer, is an active member of the Chief Nursing Council and works collaboratively with the Chief of Emergency Medicine as well as Leadership across the system to provide optimal patient outcomes.
Deb is a graduate of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and was the recipient of the Mary D. Brown Award for Professionalism in Nursing.She is currently completing her MSN in Leadership and Management at Walden University.Deb has published nationally in Orthopaedic Nursing and on the AHRQ website.She is a member of the ENA, NAON, as well as other professional organizations.
Deb is co-chair of Team Melrose and is actively involved in the community. She is a member of Zonta International and was awarded the “Woman Making A Difference” distinction for the Malden chapter in 2008.Deb was also the recipient of the first annual Hallmark Hero award in 2009 for her deep commitment to the mission and vision of Hallmark Health.
Carol Downes, MSN/MBA, RNC
Carol Downes is the Director of Maternal-Newborn Nursing at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. As such, she is responsible for oversight of Labor and Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and the Special Care Nursery.
Carol has worked at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for more than 30 years in a variety of clinical settings within Maternal-Newborn Services. She has been a member of the nursing leadership team since 1999..
Carol holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Salem State College and is a graduate of Salem State College’s MSN/MBA Program. She is certified in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing by The National Certification Corporation and is board certified in Nursing Administration Advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
is a member of Sigma Theta Tau as well as many other professional organizations.
Theresa Johnson, RN, BSN, BC
Theresa Johnson currently holds the position of Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing for West Two at the Lawrence Memorial Campus of Hallmark Health. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide an environment for the delivery of professional, quality, nursing care to a variety of medical and surgical patients on the 41 - bed unit. Mrs. Johnson’s nursing background includes 16 years as an ICU/CCU staff nurse that included roles of preceptor, charge and interim manager. Theresa has also held a position as a Nurse Consultant to a major auto and home insurer. Just prior to accepting this role, she was the Clinical Resource Nurse at Lawrence Memorial for the medical - surgical units.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Fitchburg State College, graduating Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Medical-Surgical Nursing. She is a member of AMSN (Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses) ANA and MONE. She is currently enrolled in an MSN program at Regis College.
Dauren Nowell, BSN, RN
Dauren Nowell currently holds the position of Director of Psychiatric Nursing at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Hallmark Health Systems. This position assumes 24-hour responsibility and accountability for care delivery and resource allocation on the two inpatient Geriatric Medical-Psychiatric Units (18 bed non-secured unit and a 16 bed secured unit) on the Lawrence campus.
Ms. Nowell oversees a multidisciplinary team comprised of nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapy staff, mental health workers, and secretarial support staff. She is responsible for implementing all operational and administrative decisions for the Medical-Psychiatric Program. She works collaboratively with the Associate Chief Nursing Officer, the System Director of Behavioral Health Services, the Chief of Psychiatry and other directors at Hallmark Health to continually promote high quality patient care.
Ms. Nowell has worked at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the past 15 years. During this time, she has successfully led her team through Joint Commission and Department of Mental Health re-licensing surveys, has positively impacted quality care on her units through the implementation of best practices and has given numerous presentations related to the behavioral health issues of older adults.
Ms. Nowell holds a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Marquette University and is currently enrolled in graduate studies at Regis College. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.
Carol Plotkin, LICSW
Carol Plotkin LICSW, is the System Director for Behavioral Health at Hallmark.Ms Plotkin has more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health care delivery systems, including hospitals, outpatient services, and managed care.Prior to joining Hallmark in 2009, Carol held positions as the Executive Director of Psychiatric Services at Cape Cod Healthcare and as Vice President of Program Development for Health Partners New England.Throughout her career she has been responsible for overall operations for a variety of Behavioral Health programs throughout New England, including adult, geriatric and child inpatient units, crisis assessment teams, and outpatient clinics.Ms. Plotkin continues to partner with colleagues to promote excellence in patient focused behavioral health care that meet the needs of the community.She has a particular interest in safety initiatives, restraint prevention and the integration of behavioral health and primary care.
Ms. Plotkin has consulted locally and nationally on clinical operations and customer service in health care. She has worked in the areas of managed care, physician education and clinical practice.Ms. Plotkin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work.She is an active volunteer with the American Red Cross as a Mental Health Disaster Specialist.
Kathleen Taylor, RN, BA
Kathleen Taylor is in the new position of the Nursing Informatics Specialist. She has a B.A. in biology from Trinity University in Washington D.C. and a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Holy Family University in Philadelphia. Her experience has been in psychiatric nursing and as a nurse on a TCU unit. Most recently she has been a Nursing Informatics Educator. She will be part of the team that will implement new clinical information systems and monitor their impact on nursing care. " I recall the first time I was able to pull up a patient's lab value quickly because of the new computer system my hospital had just rolled out, and that planted the seed that brought me to nursing informatics. I want others to have that same positive experience with computers that I had."
Sharon Turcotte, BSN, RNC, CWS
Sharon Codi Turcotte began her nursing career at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1975, and worked as a nursing assistant while attending Boston State College/U-Mass, where she received a BSN.She began teaching in 1986, as a Nursing Education Instructor at Youville Hospital (now Spaulding) in Cambridge, and returned to Hallmark Health Systemafter 20 years of teaching in hospitals and healthcare facilities in and around Boston.Sharon is ANCC certified in Nursing Professional Development and will receive a MSN in Nursing Education from Walden University in December of 2011.She is one of 24 nurses in the state who hold a CWS (certified wound specialist) from the American Academy of Wound Management, and directs the Wound Prevention and Management program at HHS.Developer of the CODII Method (Computerized Online Diagnosing and Immediate Intervention), she “visits” with a patient’s wound virtually, communicating her findings and recommendations to the nurse, physician and patient/family in a rapid and effective process thateliminates costly delays in providing evidence-based wound management to our patients.Sharon is a member of several professional organizations including Northeast Organization of Nurse Educators (NEONE), the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO), the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) and is a Fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists.
Anthony Alley, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Anthony J. Alley BSN, RN, NE-BC has been employed at Hallmark Health Systemfor the past eight years where he has assumed progressive leadership roles. Anthony is currently the Patient Care Director for The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as well as Medical 4, a 38 bed Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics and Hospice Unit and Cummings Orthopedic Surgical 5 both at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. In addition, Anthony co-chairs the Hallmark Health Ethics Committee and is a voting member of the Institutional Review Board. Anthony graduated with his BSN from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. He is currently matriculated in the MSN program at Loyola University with a specialty in Health Care Systems Management. Anthony recently earned his Nurse Executive certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Anthony is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society, as well as the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses and the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, which he currently serves as President-Elect for the Greater Boston Chapter #123. Anthony has also been an active member of The American Assembly of Men in Nursing and has presented his poster on Men in Nursing: A Historical Perspective at events such as the Christine Cameron Nursing Research Symposium and the Massachusetts Board of Nursing Centennial Celebration.
Anthony is passionate about nursing research and evidence-based practices, quality patient care, shared governance, and the importance of professional practice.
Karen Costigan, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Karen Costigan, BSN, RN, NE-BC is a long term employee of Hallmark Health System with twenty five years of nursing experience in critical care and progressive leadership roles. She currently provides direction and strategic planning as the Patient Care Director for a diverse 39-bed medical, surgical, and cardiac unit at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.
Karen co-chairs the Patient and Family Education Council and Fall Prevention Committee. She is passionate about quality patient care, a culture of safety and promotion of health and well-being.
In August of 2010, Karen traveled to Haiti leading a group of Hallmark Health System employees providing care to the residences of Northern Haiti, as well as, educational services to their caregivers.
She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Nursing Leadership and Health Administration at Regis College. She has been involved in research and is NIH certified. She has recently earned her Nurse Executive certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.