Clinical Programs

Respiratory Care

Hallmark Health's Respiratory Care services evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. The critical role of respiratory care in a patient's overall health, demands highly advanced care. We are one of the only facilities to provide the most sophisticated respiratory care diagnostics and treatments with individual care and personal concern.

How we can help

We treat all populations, from newborns to geriatric patients, and everyone in between with chronic conditions or who require emergency or temporary respiratory care.

Respiratory care can treat:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Neonates with underdeveloped lungs
  • Geriatrics with diseased lungs
  • Respiratory issues related to heart attack, stroke, drowning, or shock
  • Life support and intensive care unit patients


Pulmonary Clinic

Visit with Jingli Ma, MD, pulmonologist at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in this video as she explains about asthma, its causes, symptoms and treatments.


Advanced care

Our therapists follow specific, well-defined best practices and procedures to treat our patients. To properly evaluate treatment needs, our therapists perform a variety of physical examinations and conduct diagnostic tests such as measuring breathing capacity and concentrations of oxygen and other gases in blood.

Our hospitals are some of the only New England facilities to use point-of-care blood gas analysis instruments at critical-care patients' bedsides. Instead of waiting nearly 20 minutes for lab results from traditional methods of blood analysis, we can draw and analyze blood in two minutes. This dramatic decrease in analysis time allows our physicians to make more rapid medical decisions and begin the appropriate treatment almost immediately.

Treatments can include oxygen, chest physiotherapy, aerosol medications, and in more severe cases, ventilators. Through constant monitoring and communication with physicians and nurses, we develop and modify individual patient care plans. We also provide complex therapy for patients on life support or in intensive care units.

For more information, contact Gerri Healey, director of respiratory care, at 781-979-3279

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