Located inside the emergency department, the KidsZone is a safe place where parents can watch their children play while they or a loved one are waiting to be treated. The KidsZone is decorated with bright, vibrant colors and is outfitted with children’s toys, book and plush seating areas.

Hospital employees and honored community guests gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. to commemorate the opening of the KidsZone.

The project was made possible through a generous donation by the Melrose Rotary Club and organized and designed by Cheryl Voigt, patient advocate in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Emergency Department, and Jim Kinsella from the hospital’s maintenance department.

“As a full service emergency department, one of the hospital’s goals is to offer patients and visitors amenities to make their stay at the hospital one that is comfortable for all ages,” said Mark Mahnfeldt, director of emergency services and observation at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. “We thank the Melrose Rotary Club for supporting Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and the Kids Zone in particular.”

“The Rotary Club was more than happy to donate the funding for the KidsZone at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital,” said Art Coates, past president of the Melrose Rotary Club. “We want to commend Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for recognizing the need for an area like this in the hospital.”

For information about Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.

Suggested cutline: (L:R) Mark Mahnfeldt, director of emergency services and observation at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Joan Vitello, chief operating officer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Hallmark Health’s chief nursing officer, Art Coates, past president of the Melrose Rotary Club, Rep. Katherine Clark, Hallmark Health President and Chief Executive Officer Michael V. Sack and Melrose Ward 6 Alderman Peter Mortimer.


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 Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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