Michael V. Sack, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Health System, Inc., announced today that he intends to retire this month.

Mr. Sack said, "I have enjoyed my time and all of the wonderful people I have worked with over the last twelve years. I am proud of all that we have accomplished and I have tremendous confidence in the entire Hallmark Health organization's ability to succeed – now and into the future."

James Herrington, chair of Hallmark Health System's Board of Trustees, said, "The Board thanks Michael Sack for his twelve years of exceptional service and commitment to the organization and its communities. He has ably led Hallmark Health through a period of tremendous and fundamental change, and his skills, experience and wisdom will be missed."

The organization's accomplishments under Mr. Sack's leadership include:

• Advancing the quality and safety of care by promoting transparency and adopting technologies such as the eICU to help reduce mortality of the most critical patients, and introducing award-winning electronic health records across the system.

• Enhancing access to care by expanding services within the communities we serve with the opening of our Hematology/Oncology Center and our Comprehensive Breast Center in Stoneham, the Family Health Center in Malden, and the Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading.

• Partnering with recognized leaders such as Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center and championing the great success of Hallmark Health's nursing program making us the first integrated health system in New England to achieve Magnet® status.

• Leading community efforts to promote wellness, including our nationally recognized programs such as Community-Based Care Transitions Program, our Baby-Friendly recognition, our Mobile Food Market and the Asian Elder Diabetes Project. Hallmark Health now partners with more than 100 community organizations to help improve the quality of overall health in the cities and towns we serve.

Mr. Herrington said that the Board will form a succession committee that will oversee a careful, comprehensive and thorough search for Mr. Sack's successor. The committee will undertake a search for a leader with the skills, experience and wisdom to lead Hallmark Health into its next stage of development. Alan Macdonald, Executive Vice President for Strategy and External Affairs and past Board Chairman, has been named interim CEO.

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