May 17, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce that Marie McCarthy, MS, RN, vice president for education, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Program, has been awarded the 2013 Nursing Excellence Award from

McCarthy’s award was announced on Monday, May 13 at a gala event at the Boston Marriott Newton. She was one of 30 regional finalists from New England. McCarthy will now go on to be a national finalist.

Each year, calls upon their readers to tell them about the exceptional nurses they work with by nominating them in the Nursing Excellence program — and for more than 20 years thousands have done that. This year was no exception, and once again received many phenomenal stories of nurse excellence.

McCarthy is a consummate professional and visionary leader. Under her leadership, the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program received the prestigious National League for Nursing’s Center of Excellence designation twice, an honor bestowed on less than 5 percent of schools across the country.

Admired for her collaborative and determined spirit, McCarthy is spearheading a move of the associate degree program toward a BSN program. Working with HHS, she helped create dedicated education units, tuition reimbursement and academic bridge programs, a mentoring program for new managers and the Center for Professional Development.

As an international nursing consultant, McCarthy led the establishment of the Gouna Nursing Institute, the first two-year degree program in Egypt. And as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, she has contributed to major nursing initiatives in the state. She is a consultant for the state’s Department of Higher Education and a site visitor for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

This is the second award for McCarthy in recent months. She also received a 2013 President’s Award given by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN) in April.

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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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