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Medford, MA - HIMSS Analytics announced
Hallmark Health has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM

Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for
evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for
hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.
Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can
review the implementation and utilization of information technology
applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced
electronic patient record environment.

"This is a
tremendous accomplishment for Hallmark Health," said Carol Dresser, Vice President
of Information Services at Hallmark Health. "We are proud that we continue to
maximize our investment in clinical applications that supports the delivery of
safe, high quality patient care."

Stage 6 hospitals

· Have made
significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.

· Appear to
have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician
support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers
and nurse recruitment.

· Have almost
fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT
applications across most of the inpatient care settings.

· Are either
starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have
already documented significant improvements in this area.

· Have made
investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic
value of improving patient care with the EHR.

· Have begun to create strategic
alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information
technology to improve the patient safety environment

· Are well positioned to provide
data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians,
consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and
health information exchanges.

Stage 6
hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities
that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry
transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting

"HIMSS Analytics congratulates Hallmark Healthfor leading
the way toward health IT adoption," said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive
vice president, HIMSS Analytics. "Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication
that only 921 U.S. hospitals have reached to date."

More than 300 attendees recently filled Malden's Moose Hall for a
night of comedy and giving. For the third consecutive year the Malden Chamber of Commerce hosted its comedy night, with proceeds going to Hallmark
Health's Comprehensive Breast Center.

More than $6,600 was raised for the Breast Center via "Pink"
themed raffles and a live pledge drive which included Chamber Board Members
pledging dollars and encouraging other business to match their donations. The original goal of raising $2,500 was
quickly passed as pledges continued to come in during the breaks between
comedians. This year's comedian lineup
included host and Malden native, Paul Gilligan, Dave Russo, Artie Januario and
Paul D'Angelo.

"We are grateful to the Malden Chamber of Commerce and all of the
individuals who shared in this very special night," said Elisa Scher, System
Director of Cancer Services at Hallmark Health. "The
funds raised will further the mission of our Comprehensive Breast Center and
will help to make a difference in the lives of our patients."

"The Chamber's focus is to support both business members and our
many non-profit members so the Chamber board and Hallmark Health were really
moved by the generosity show by the attendee's and the amount we were able to
raise as a group," said Jenna Coccimiglio, Executive Director, Malden Chamber
of Commerce.

A team of nurses and nurse leaders representing Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, were recognized and celebrated at the recent American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Dallas, TX for Hallmark Health's
Magnet® designation.

In April Hallmark Health achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and
excellence in patient care. Only eight hospitals in the state, and less than 7
percent of hospitals in the United States, have Magnet recognition. Hallmark
Health System is the only system in New England to receive this recognition.

"The entire Hallmark Health community is so proud of our nurses for achieving Magnet
status," said Michael V. Sack, president and CEO. "To be celebrated by such a
large number of their peers from the best nursing programs in the country is a
testament to their hard work and clinical excellence. They prove everyday how
they work together and keep our patients as the center of their attention. Our
patients and community have known this for many years."

The conference welcomed more than 7,000 nurses and nurse executives from top
hospitals across the country. It is the official annual conference of
the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®, serving as both a
celebration of accomplishment for newly designated Magnet®
organizations and a showcase of best nursing practices for the Magnet

Medford, MA – Both Hallmark Health System hospitals (Lawrence Memorial Hospital
of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital) were honored with "A" grades in the
Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how
well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The
grades are released every six months by Leapfrog, and this is the sixth
consecutive time the Hallmark Health hospitals have received scores of "A."

Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading
experts on patient safety and is administered byThe Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an
independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be
peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient
Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information
they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital

are very proud to once again receive "A" grades from the Leapfrog Group," said
Michael V. Sack, president and CEO of Hallmark Health. The grades are a
reflection of the dedication and commitment of our staff to provide high
quality care in our communities everyday."

safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are
all too common and often deadly," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The
Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "We commend the 'A' hospitals, including Hallmark Health, for helping us to raise the
standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they've made the well-being
of patients a top priority."

under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety
Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a
single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall
capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S.
general hospitals were assigned scores in fall 2014, with about 31-percent
receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the
data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

see how Hallmark Health's scores compare locally and nationally, and to access
consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly
updated Hospital Safety Score website at Consumers can also
go to
for a free
download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

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Focus continues nationally on the prevention and spread of the Ebola virus. At Hallmark Health we take the concerns seriously. Our teams of specialists are working diligently with everyone from administration to our frontline staff at our hospitals, clinics and physician practices to ensure that all staff are receiving the latest and most appropriate safety training and have at their disposal needed information and personal protective equipment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call before your visit.

For more information about Hallmark Health's preparations and training, please read Medford Officials, Hallmark Prepare Ebola Response.
Medford Transcript – October 29, 2014

The following link provides additional helpful information:
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: Ebola

Other viruses in the community

This time of year we pay particular attention to a number of other viruses and illnesses that have the potential to impact our communities.

Enterovirus – Enterovirus is a common virus that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. A particular strain – EV-D68 – has been infecting children in recent months. It can begin with mild cold/flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Children with asthma may be at higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

For more information on enterovirus, click here.

Influenza – The flu infects thousands of people in the United States each year, and many are at risk for health complications and even
death due to flu-related illnesses. Symptoms include fever, headache, runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches. Even if you do not have symptoms, you can still have the flu virus and contribute to its spreading. Getting the flu shot is the best protection against developing and spreading flu for you, your family, friends and co-workers. Contrary to the common belief, you cannot get the flu from getting a flu shot. Remember, it can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build up its antibodies and take effect.
For more information on influenza, click here.

Norovirus – Commonly known as the stomach flu, norovirus is highly contagious. It causes an average of 20 million illnesses and contributes to an average of 70,000 hospitalizations each year. Unlike influenza, there is no vaccine to protect against norovirus. Symptoms include stomach/gastrointestinal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

For more information on norovirus, click here.

What you can do to stay healthy!

The simplest and most effective way to prevent the spread of illness and viruses is practicing good hand hygiene – washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water and using hand sanitizing products when soap and water are not available. Also:

  • •  Cover mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
  • •  Don’t share utensils and food when sick.
  • •  Stay at home when sick.
  • •  Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouths.
  • •  Clean and disinfect common areas.

For more on how to prevent the spread of viruses, click here.

Visiting a loved one in the hospital?

During the height of the flu season, or during outbreaks of other illnesses such as enterovirus and norovirus, hospitals may restrict visitation by friends and families to protect the patient. This includes young children visiting obstetrical units. If you have symptoms of cold or flu, or other respiratory illness, it is best to call ahead and check with the hospital to see if you will be allowed to visit.

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