Media Coverage

Welcome to Hallmark Health System's (HHS) Media Coverage section. This section is designed to assist patients and journalists seeking information about our current news and to introduce our healthcare experts. We are also available to assist you by providing information about HHS and its members, including Lawrence Memorial of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospitals.

To arrange an interview or photo shoot, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director, Media Relations and Social Media, at 781-338-7234. We also maintain a 24-hour media on-call system. If you are on deadline after normal business hours, call the HHS operator at 781-979-3000 and ask them to page the media relations team member on-call.

Medford Transcript

By Nell Escobar Coakley

March 6, 2008

Michael Sack is not only the CEO and president of Hallmark Health, he's also a client.

"I certainly had the choice to go a number of different places," said Sack of an accident on Christmas Day, which sent him to the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital with a broken shoulder. "My wife kept telling me to call ahead, but I just went."

Boston Globe

By Taryn Plumb

May 4, 2008

We've all heard the old nursery rhyme about the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker.

Well, before becoming a nurse, Melissa Mattola-Kiatos was a third of the way through that lineup - as well as a few others.

In addition to her post as a junior butcher at Elm Street Market in her hometown of Everett, she once supervised a four-star restaurant at Faneuil Hall; performed hand rubs as a salesgirl at Donna Karan; and managed mutual funds for two investment companies.

Finally, four years ago, the Saugus 33-year-old decided to give nursing a go.

Medford Transcript

By Rob Barry

Aug. 27, 2008

With budget cuts slicing deep into the school system, one local business decided to pitch in and help out kids in the community.

Team Medford, a group of employees from Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Hallmark Health, took up a collection - but not for money. For school supplies.

Advance For Nurses

By Sarah Long

Dec. 3, 2008

Community hospitals operating outside a major metropolitan area often have the unenviable task of competing with large nationally known medical centers, trying to prove to potential patients they offer the same up-to-date techniques as their reputable neighbors.

However, it is possible to carve a niche in the local community through education and outreach, as evidenced by the successful launch of a comprehensive bone and joint program by Hallmark Health System, the nonprofit inpatient and outpatient provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities.

Medford Transcript

By Nell Escobar Coakley

Dec. 3, 2008

While music may soothe the savage beast, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is giving the old adage a new, high-tech twist.

Nurses at the Hallmark Health facility are conducting a study to see if music has any effects on patients waiting for procedures in the endoscopy unit. On Nov. 1, nurses Judy Moffatt and Donna Begin, clinical leader of endoscopy and recovery, started taking a sampling of patients to see if music should become a routine part of the unit's care.

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