Community Outreach Teams
Thanks to a unique community outreach program completely driven by employee volunteers, Hallmark Health System is being recognized as an important community leader and resource.
Five community outreach teams -- named for Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham and-- work to boost institutional involvement, identify sponsorship opportunities and otherwise reach out to local organizations in their respective towns. Their efforts have won Hallmark Health three major awards from local chambers of commerce and ensured that Hallmark Health is the organization that local communities look to when they face a health-related challenge or need.
Chaired by hospital leadership and comprised of staff from a variety of disciplines, the teams meet regularly to identify outreach opportunities and develop ways to increase visibility in the communities Teams work to increase institutional involvement, identify sponsorship opportunities, events to participate in, and organizations to reach out to. Sixty percent of Hallmark Health staff live in our primary or secondary service area. And over two hundred employees, volunteers and physicians were involved in a team or a team-sponsored event this year.
Teams solicited input from key community leaders including; superintendents of schools, state representatives and local health departments. In 2005 the community teams logged over 2,397 hours as active members in over 35 civic groups and service organizations throughout the North Suburban Region. Highlights of projects sponsored by these teams include a donated defibrillator to the Melrose Middle School, holding a health fair at the Wakefield Rotary's Breakheart Road Race, and co-sponsorship of the Last Call performance for alcohol awareness for middle and high school students in Malden.
Team Malden consists of members who live and work in the city of Malden. The team meets monthly working on establishing relationships with local organizations and identifies sponsorship opportunities. Team Malden has sponsored many events throughout the years including Celebrate Malden, Kiwanis safety rodeo, and has recently taken part in the donation of a defibrillator to Malden High School. The team has participated on a Drug Task Force around combating Oxycontin and heroin drug abuse, coordinated blood drives for the Red Cross, and is a regular presence at Chamber events, including annual awards night and the Mayor's State of the City address. Team Malden actively seeks to recruit new members throughout the year.
- Celebrate Malden booth and sponsorship
- Malden EXPO booth and sponsorship
- Healthy Malden Bowl-a-thon team and sponsorship
- Members in Malden Chamber, Rotary, Kiwanis
- Major sponsor of Kiwanis Bicycle Safety Rodeo
- Major sponsor of the Malden Rotary's Road Race
- Sponsor Mayor's Golf Classic
- Participate on Drug Task Force around combating Oxycontin and heroin drug abuse
- Sponsored events by Tailored for Success, NS Black Women's Association, Tri-City Family Housing.
- Major supporter of Council on Aging transportation program
- Sponsor Adopt-A-Site in Malden
- Sponsor site for Malden School's Citizen's Apprentice Program. This program allows students to learn new skills in a medical setting. Hallmark Health will donate time.
Team Medford is a proud group of Medford residents, Lawrence Memorial Hospital employees and other volunteers. In the past year, the team has participated in Medford's annual town day, Clippership Day, the Mayor's annual Senior Picnic, and has supported the town's public schools through the Educational Sponsorship Network. Team Medford hosted at dinner at LMH last spring honoring Medford's service clubs-namely the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Zonta and the Chamber of Commerce-and presented each with a certificate of appreciation for their tireless community-service work. Team Medford also helped Medford celebrate its 375th anniversary by marching in the October 2, 2005 parade and donating to the construction of the Medford WWII Memorial.
- Major presence at Clippership Day
- Initiated regular displays of student art in lobby
- Organize student music - at hospital for patients and employees
- Booth at mayor's senior citizen's picnic
- Collaboration with school has helped include LMH in the superintendent's special publication distributed through the local newspaper
- Teacher and school nurse recognition day
- Members of Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club
- Invite community groups to meet at LMH and have speaker from hospital
- Organized senior health fair at senior center
- Medford students made stuffed bears for LMH patients. In return, team gave students beanie babies donated by LMH Gift Shop
Team Stoneham members are actively involved in the community and always looking for new ways to serve the Town of Stoneham. Currently, Team Stoneham has members in the Stoneham Rotary Club, Stoneham Chamber of Commerce and Stoneham Alliance Against Violence. Members are also continuously active with the Community Church where they serve dinner monthly and often conduct blood pressure screenings.
- Stoneham Town Day
- Sponsored Summer Concert
- Tree Lighting
- Mentoring at Stoneham High School
- Participated in Project Safe with Mystic Valley Elder Services
- Participated in the first annual walk against violence
- Helped with a bullying program for middle school students
- Participate with the Council on Aging
Wakefield is a special town and so are its residents. Team Wakefield is proud to be a part of this growing community. Working closely with the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce and the Wakefield Rotary, we have seen our relationship with the Town of Wakefield grow and flourish in recent years. And with support of Fire Chief David Parr the Team was thrilled to present an automatic defibrillator to the Wakefield High School Athletic Department last year. And with support from honorary team member Fire Chief David Parr we educated the Wakefield Rotary on Emergency Preparedness. Currently the team is working with the Wakefield Schools to expand our relationship and offer hospital specialists to speak to school children and their parents on a variety of topics of interest to them.
- Donated a defibrillator to the Wakefield High School Athletic Department
- Major sponsor of the Wakefield Rotary's Breakheart Road Race
- Participation in the Festival by the Lake and Wakefield Homecoming.
- Wakefield Chamber Legislative luncheon
- Worked with Fire Chief David Parr to present information on Emergency Preparedness.
- Sponsor of the Fourth of July Parade
- Sponsor of Concerts on the Common
- Adopt-a-site sponsor
- Recipient of the Honor Award for long-term commitment to the community by the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce
- Team members sit on the board of the Wakefield Rotary and Wakefield Chamber of Commerce.
- Sponsor of Nite at the Races, a Wakefield Chamber of Commerce event
- Provided CPR training for the Wakefield Rotary
- Participate in the Wakefield Public Schools health committee
- Valentine's Day and Summer care packages in support of our Troops