News Releases

April 8, 2011- Hallmark Health System’s Melrose-Wakefield Hospital is pleased to announce that Alec Walker, MD, FACEP has been named chairman of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

April 1, 2011- Hallmark Health System will soon launch a major advertising and marketing campaign that will include ads in the Boston Globe’s North section as well as several local community newspapers. The campaign features Hallmark Health physicians and a nurse addressing the high quality of clinical programs at Hallmark Health that are equal to if not better than those of other leading hospitals throughout the country.

Advertisements focus on the exceptional medical care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and the Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading. Other advertising messages address Hallmark Health's new clinical affiliation with the internationally acclaimed Joslin Diabetes Center and the system's advanced diagnostic imaging service and nationally recognized bone and joint program.
Rick Pozniak, system director of marketing and communications for Hallmark Health, said the integrated marketing campaign will also include ads on WBZ radio, WBZ-TV and Comcast cable. He said that an important part of this year's marketing initiative is an exciting new website that features an enhanced and contemporary visual design with interactive health assessment tools and virtual tours of Hallmark Health hospitals, cancer center and outpatient medical center in Reading.

March 18, 2011- You may now learn everything you need to know about childbirth from the comfort of your own home thanks to a new program from Hallmark Health System.

The local healthcare system recently began offering online childbirth classes to accommodate couples’ busy and at times hectic schedules. This program is also a great option for mothers-to-be that are on bed rest for medical reasons or those that need a refresher course.

March 4, 2011- Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital joined with hospitals around the country to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 6-12.

March 4, 2011- At Hallmark Health System the patient always comes first. The local healthcare organization is continually looking for ways to improve patients’ experience and achieve excellence each and every day.

With that goal in mind, Hallmark Health System recently opened a lymphedema clinic at the Hallmark Health Cancer Center in Stoneham. The clinic will be staffed by a certified lymphedema specialist that will provide lymphedema treatment and physical therapy to patients that need it.

Lymphedema refers to the swelling of various body parts including the arms, legs and face. It is a common side effect among patients that have had their lymph nodes removed due to cancer.

Hallmark Health’s certified lymphedema specialist will work one-on-one with patients to treat their lymphedema through compression bandaging, manual lymphatic drainage and exercise. They will also address fatigue and other side effects that result from cancer treatment.

The new clinic will provide patients with yet another advanced level of service as well as make scheduling appointments easier and more convenient for patients. With all of their appointments under one roof patients can focus on what’s important, completing treatment and getting back on their feet.

The Hallmark Health Cancer Center has been honored by highly distinguished organizations such as the American College of Surgeons (ACOS), which recognized the Center for high quality programs. It received approval with commendations following a site visit where ACOS examined cancer registry data, attended a tumor board meeting, toured the Center and reviewed more than 50 patient records. The approval allows the Center to continue its designation as a “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.”

For more information about Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.

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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 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 Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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