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.

Hospital Newsletter
May June 2007

Hallmark Health announces that Lawrence Memorial of Medford designated a Bariatric Surgery of Excellence

Hallmark Health is pleased to announce that Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS). With this special designation, Lawrence Memorial Hospital joins an elite group of only four other hospitals in Massachusetts that have been classified as ASBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence.

“We are very pleased and honored to have this national designation,” said Christine Candio, Executive Vice President, Lawrence Memorial Hospital. “For many years, we have provided the highest quality of care to our bariatric patients. This Center of Excellence designation provides independent validation to our superb level of treatment provided by expert surgeons and clinicians which is why our program is so highly regarded throughout the state.”

Malden Observer
April 19, 2007

Senior moments

Ball, flag, tree. Think you can remember those three words by the end of this article?

If you can’t, you’re not alone – and you’re not the only one worried about your memory, either.

That’s why the doctors at Malden Family Health Center on Savin Street offered a free memory loss screening last Friday to area seniors, who packed the lobby of the newly-renovated offices for coffee, donuts and a free memory assessment.

Each exam took about 20 minutes, screening patrons who were worried about forgetfulness with a quick questionnaire.

Boston Globe
September 24, 2006

Suburban strategies

Boston's big teaching hospitals are strengthening their presence in outlying communities, and local medical centers are nervous. Can they compete for patients against such prestigious heavyweights?

By Christopher Rowland, Globe Staff

Academic medical centers in Boston are putting a tighter competitive squeeze on community hospitals by exporting more of their prestigious medical services to the suburbs.

The plan disclosed this month by Tufts-New England Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital to build a new hospital with up to 190 beds somewhere along Route 128 -- perhaps in Westwood -- is only the most prominent example of a trend that is rattling many executives at community hospitals.

Harvard-affiliated heavyweights Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, for example, are also increasing their strength in outlying communities. With their strong brand names and reputations for excellence, many expect they will easily lure suburban patients from local hospitals.

Joe DiMarino was getting his golf clubs out of his car at Mount Hood when it hit him. Chest pains. Sweating. Difficulty breathing.

He was having a heart attack.

Within an hour, doctors at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital had performed life-saving surgery, and DiMarino was on the road to recovery.

Just a few months ago, DiMarino would have been rushed to Boston in an ambulance for the emergency angioplasty he needed, delaying treatment by an hour or more - and decreasing the operation's effectiveness.

Health Leaders
November 2007

The Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services relaxed the Stark and anti-kickback laws in August 2006 in an effort to increase electronic medical record adoption by allowing hospitals to assist affiliated physicians. But the new rules haven’t affected Jim Nania much. The chief financial officer of Hallmark Health in Boston, Nania wasn’t waiting for the feds to act; Hallmark formed a joint venture two years ago to spur EMR adoption—and that was before the laws were relaxed. Still, despite the elimination of a regulatory barrier, many hospitals remain cautious about providing financial help in this area.

Why haven’t more hospitals followed Hallmark’s lead?

News & Events

Hallmark Health has named Michael Connelly chief financial officer and executive vice president....


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