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.

Melrose Free Press

By Jim Hadadin

Sept. 2, 2010

In the last five years, Melrose emergency room doctor Steven Sbardella said he’s seen two trends in the type of patients who are treated for alcohol poisoning at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital: they’re significantly younger, and they’re willing to take greater risks with their health.

“It used to be where we would see people who are in their 30s and 40s coming in who were intoxicated,” Sbardella said last week, “and now we’re seeing people who are 15, 16, 17, and that’s happening more frequently. The numbers aren’t outrageous yet, but there’s evidence that it’s more frequent.”

Wakefield Observer

By Melanie Dahl

June 8, 2010

Twenty minutes before 5 p.m. on Sunday, volunteers for the third annual Hallmark Health Stride for Health Sunset Walk around Lake Quannapowitt were worried they would have to cancel their event due to heavy rain and lightning. Luckily, just as the walk was scheduled to start, the rain stopped and blue sky was visible.

As soon as the rain stopped, walkers supporting the Hallmark Health Cardiac and Endovascular Center began to arrive at the Lower Common on Lake Quannapowitt. Hallmark Health had set up tents for registration and refreshments for the walkers and volunteers. There was also a magician and animal balloonist to entertain supporters while they prepared for the walk to begin.

Melrose Free Press

By Jim Haddadin

May 27, 2010

Across the restaurant, a man lurches forward and rattles the silverware on the table. His dinner date, watching at arm’s length, begins to panic as the man chokes on a piece of food lodged in his airway.

“Bobby?” she pleads. “Bobby?”

The unsettling scene — part of an emergency training video shown to students recently at Melrose High School  — is one that only a handful of them may ever witness in real life. But even fewer, studies suggest, will know how to react if they do see someone choking, drowning, or suffering a heart attack — a fact that Melrose-Wakefield Hospital nurse Danielle Patturelli is hoping to change.

Malden Observer 

By Natalie Miller

May 21, 2010

This week, the junior class at Malden High School received a lesson in lifesaving from those in the community who make a living helping others in their most dire time of need.

With the help of some funds from last year’s Stride for Health walk, Hallmark Health sponsored a CPR training and choke-saving skills workshop at the high school on Monday and Tuesday.

Globe North

By Bella Travaglini

May 9, 2010

Dr. Bernard Logan has delivered more than 10,000 babies in a career that spans 40 Mother’s Days. But for the past decade or so, the 68-year-old Lynnfield resident has been enjoying his own professional rebirth of sorts.

Logan has delivered more than a dozen babies whose moms he once delivered.


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