Hallmark Health's Critical Assessment Team in on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When called upon the team will respond to the bedside within minutes and quickly re-assess the patient's condition.

The Critical Assessment Team is only a phone call away and can be accessed by the nursing staff or the patients' family. Signs that list important information about the team, including contact information, will be posted in every patient room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

The Critical Assessment Team applies a multidisciplinary approach to recognizing early signs and symptoms of serious medical conditions and intervenes immediately if the situation warrants a new approach. The team's hope is to use early intervention and critical care skills to reduce the number of cardiac and respiratory arrests, unplanned transfers to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the need for insertion of a breathing tube at both hospitals.

"The Critical Assessment Team is an added level of care built into the hospitals to provide patients and their families with the most quality, comprehensive care possible," said Marie McCarthy, interim chief nursing officer for Hallmark Health System and vice president of the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program. "Offering residents in our service area and beyond the best in patient care is at the center of everything Hallmark Health does. The Critical Assessment Team not only complements, but strengthens the organization's commitment to quality."

The Critical Assessment Team is made up of a group of seasoned providers that boast years of experience and advanced certifications in various areas of critical care. All are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and many more have completed or are actively pursuing the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification. Many of the Critical Assessment Team have academic medical center experience and have opted to leave the Boston teaching hospitals to join Hallmark Health's Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, which were both named to the Harvard Pilgrim Hospital Honor Roll for quality health care.

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


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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