May 14, 2012 – The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service, located at the Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 Newcrossing Road in Reading, is now open and accepting patients. The Service offers treatment to patients who are on blood thinning medications, which are used to prevent blood clots from forming or becoming larger.

The multi-disciplinary team consists of a board-certified physician, who specializes in hematology and blood disorders, and other healthcare professionals such as nurse practitioners, pharmacists and registered dietitians who will work together in the anticoagulation management of the patient. Close monitoring and appropriate follow up allows for prompt intervention if dosage adjustments are needed, which lead to better patient outcomes. Patients also receive counseling and education through the Service.

Studies have shown that patients enrolled in an anticoagulation management service have better International Normalized Ratio (INR) control, a measure of how long it takes for your blood to clot, decreased adverse events and better clinical outcomes. Typical patients include those with cardiac conditions, clotting disorders, post orthopedic surgery and patients that recently suffered a stroke. The American College of Chest Physicians endorses the use of a specialized anticoagulation management service to help improve the safety and quality of anticoagulation care.

“Anticoagulation management using a centralized service has become the standard of care in the field by providing patients easy access to a specialized clinician with a focused and individualized approach to anticoagulation management,” said Antonia DeQuevedo, PharmD, CACP, AMS coordinator.

For more information about the Service or the referral process, call 781-213-5117. A referral from your primary care physician is required to schedule an appointment with the Service.

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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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