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.

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Medford Transcript
August 7, 2007

By Nell Escobar Coakley

When Hallmark Health first announced in 1997 that it planned to take over several aging community hospitals, including Lawrence Memorial, there was some apprehension in the city. A decade later, the healthcare system has not only proven its commitment to Medford’s residents, but continues to search for ways to improve its quality of care.

On a hot summer afternoon, LMH’s Executive Vice President Christine Candio is studying a page of all the improvements made at the hospital since she arrived five years ago.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes,” she says, of the 134-bed community hospital. “We’ve really grown in terms of the services we offer and the volume of patients treated.”

Since 2006, admissions to the hospital have gone up by 9 percent, a trend that Candio credits to the growth of staff, services and of course, upgrades to a physical plant more than 100 years old.

New center provides emergency heart care close to home

Melrose Free Press
By Daniel DeMaina
December 20th, 2007

“Time is muscle.”

So said Elaine Gale, Hallmark Health’s system director of cardiac and endovascular service, during a recent tour of the new Cardiac and Endovascular Center at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

“The more time you waste, the more you damage your heart,” Gale said.

Thus the purpose of the new center — to get heart attack victims north of Boston on the table more quickly and to allow collaboration between experts in the cardiology, endovascular and radiology departments.

Medford Transcript
October 26, 2006

By Carly Okyle

Although they’ve been waiting for more than a decade, physicians and staff at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital have not weakened in their desire to perform elective angioplasty procedures onsite, even if it costs a few hundred thousand dollars.

"It’s a major investment for our organization, but we feel strongly that it’s best for the community," said Steven Kapfhammer, executive vice president of the hospital.

There has been a cardiac catheterization lab in the hospital since 1993, but until September, it was used as a research facility. But it seems as if Hallmark Health’s investment is about to pay off.

The Department of Public Health recently granted Melrose-Wakefield Hospital permission to perform elective angioplasty procedures as part of a trial which compares coronary intervention between Massachusetts hospitals with cardiac surgery on the premises and community hospitals without the service. The trial is designed to look at 6,000 patients and will take approximately four years to complete.

Boston Herald
By Gary Band
November 7, 2007

Growing up in Melrose, Joanne Sagarino said she remembers walking past nurses in their white uniforms on her way home from high school. Inspired by that constant image, she decided to attend the then Melrose Hospital School of Nursing and was hired to work in the med-surgery ward in January 1957.

Half a century later, and still working three days a week in the labor and delivery ward where she has worked for the past 35 years, Sagarino was recently honored at the Annual Employee Service Awards dinner for her 50 years of service at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

“I really like helping people, and that’s why I’m still there,” said the 71-year-old Hillcrest Road mother and grandmother. “I never wanted to be or work anywhere else.”

Stoneham Sun
February 13, 2007

For local cancer patients having to travel for treatment can be a challenge but with the opening of Hallmark Health’s new cancer center on Montvale Avenue last week they no longer have to.

The new facility adds chemotherapy, diagnostic and support services to radiation services for patients throughout the Hallmark Health system.

And in one fell swoop all of these services, which have been scattered in several different communities, are now under one roof in Stoneham, explained Christine Candio, executive vice president of Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, when the new facility was dedicated last Thursday.

“The Hallmark Health Cancer Center allows us to offer the most up-to-date diagnostic studies and therapeutic treatments available today,” said Candio. “So our patients know they are in good hands and will receive the best of treatment, close to home.”

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