Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. 

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that Hallmark Health is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

“The five-day comprehensive survey conducted by The Joint Commission encompassed all aspects of both inpatient and outpatient care on each of our health care delivery sites,” said Michael V. Sack, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Health System. “This accreditation validates the high level of care our physicians, nurses and clinical staff provide and our unwavering commitment to provide the highest levels of safety to our patients.”

In addition, The Joint Commission presented Hallmark Health with a silver Certificate of Achievement in recognition for achieving a 75 percent seasonal flu vaccination rate among all employees. The high number of staff who chose to get a flu shot demonstrates their high level of concern to protect the health and safety of our patients.

“While not everyone is an eligible candidate for a flu vaccination, our goal is to provide as safe and confident an environment as possible,” said Sack. “We are encouraged by the personal responsibility shown by our staff seeking to eliminate the transfer of the flu, and other infections, to each other and to our patients.”

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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 Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden; 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.

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