The symposium was held on April 17 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. Study findings presented during the all-day event included the use of music to soothe patients in the endoscopy unit and its impact on patient comfort and the need for additional medication, putting measures in place to manage nausea and vomiting after surgery, and using best practices to create patient centered services and programs - among others.

Marianne Chulay, RN, PhD, FAAN delivered the keynote address at the symposium. Chulay is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker as well as a consultant in clinical research and critical care nursing.

Close to 100 nursing leaders from all over Massachusetts and the greater New England area were in attendance at the April 17 symposium.

"We are breaking ground and realizing our dream of collaborating with our colleagues, to provide patients and families in the communities we serve with the highest level of quality care, based on the scientific research and driven by best practice models," said Marie McCarthy, interim chief nursing officer for Hallmark Health. "Hallmark Health is leading the way in this area in research and evidence-based practices and the symposium is a symbol of that."

While planning for the symposium, Cameron, a registered nurse and a longtime employee with Hallmark Health, passed away after a lengthy illness. As a nurse and a leader invested in providing the very best in quality care for every patient, every day, every time, it was decided the symposium would be named in her honor to perpetuate her legacy and the amazing work she did during her 20-plus years at Hallmark Health.

Cameron held several administrative and managerial positions during her tenure at Hallmark Health, most recently serving as vice president for quality improvement.

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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 Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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