Melrose-Wakefield Hospital recently opened a new surgical waiting area dedicated in the name of Joseph Abate, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and longtime member of the hospital’s medical staff. The new waiting area, which includes a flat screen TV, computer stations, comforting colors and furniture, was made possible through a very generous donation from Cummings Foundation, Inc., founded by Bill and Joyce Cummings of Winchester.

Dr. Abate graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1962 and has spent his 50-plus year career in the greater Boston area. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and holds memberships in several professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, American Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Massachusetts Orthopedic Association. Dr. Abate has served on the Massachusetts Orthopedic Association and Tufts University Medical School Alumni boards of directors for more than 20 years.

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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 Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

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