June 13, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service has been named an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence by the Anticoagulation Forum, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. This recognition illustrates Hallmark Health System’s strong commitment to providing the highest level of care to these patients.
The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program helps health care professionals provide the highest level of care and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients on antithrombotic medications. The program offers a roadmap to consistent, sustainable excellence in five key areas of patient care. By successfully meeting the rigorous standards in each patient care pillar, Hallmark Health System has qualified for the 2-year recognition as an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence.
“We are very proud to have achieved the Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence recognition,” said Antonia DeQuevedo, PharmD, CACP, Anticoagulation Management Service coordinator. “Hallmark Health System is dedicated to actively participating in all aspects of our patients’ care since working together with our patients is the best way to improve health outcomes.”
The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service is located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham and offers treatment to patients who are on blood thinning medications, which are used to prevent blood clots from forming or becoming larger. It is overseen by a medical director and anticoagulation pharmacists who closely monitor patients’ anticoagulation therapy. Close monitoring and appropriate follow-up allows for prompt intervention if dosage adjustments are needed, leading to better patient outcomes. Patients also receive counseling and education through the service.
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.