“We are very excited to begin the journey toward obtaining this highly sought after and most prestigious designation,” said Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD, associate chief nursing officer at Hallmark Health. “We are very proud of the high level of nursing care we provide at Hallmark Health and look forward to becoming the first healthcare system in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status.”

The journey toward Magnet status is a long and rigorous, multi-step process that takes approximately two years to complete. Submission of the formal application will be followed by a submission of written documentation and evaluation and site visits, both slated for 2012.

The Commission on Magnet recognizes approximately 370 healthcare organizations and hospitals in 45 states and the District of Columbia as well as four internal entities, two healthcare organizations, one in New Zealand and one in Lebanon for their excellence in nursing service. There are seven organizations in Massachusetts that have received Magnet status.

The Magnet program was developed to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of the professional nursing practice. In its review, the ANCC examines all aspects of patient care including patient safety, quality and outcomes. Magnet accreditation is awarded for a four-year period. During this time, hospitals are closely monitored to ensure their ongoing compliance with program standards.

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


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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