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Nearly 300 supporters sampled delicacies from some of the area’s finest restaurants to help make Hallmark Health’s third annual Taste of Spring a tremendous success. The event raised more than $47,000 to benefit Hallmark Health’s bariatric support programs, cancer care, cardiology and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network.

Taste of Spring, hosted by Mercedes Benz of Burlington, featured gourmet food and wine tastings from a dozen restaurants and specialty shops, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Boston Red Sox alumni and fan favorite Sam Horn served as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.

The Taste of Spring would not have been possible without the generous support of these top sponsors:
• Jennifer Wu, MD
• Hallmark Health System Medical Staff
• Eastern Bank
• Whole Foods Market
• Action Ambulance Service, Inc.
• Armstrong Ambulance Service
• Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc.
• New England Coffee
• Promotional Solutions, Inc.
• Melrose Cooperative Bank
• OPTUM
• Hallmark Health Imaging
• Kaufman Hall
• Mercedes Benz of Burlington
• YMCA of Metro North
• Healthgrades
• WBZ Radio

Participating restaurants included:

• The Bancroft
• Bobby C’s Ristorante
• Bonefish Grill
• Burtons Grill
• Café Escadrille
• Del Frisco’s Grille
• Fusilli’s Cucina
• Henry’s
• Lord Hobo Brewing Company
• New England Coffee
• Papa Razzi Trattoria/Bar
• Stearns & Hill’s Bistro
• Tuscan Kitchen
• Whole Foods Market

Wakefield Memorial High School juniors Makayla Scharaffa and Matt Murdocca hope they will never have to use CPR in a real-life situation, but thanks to the training they received on March 14, they both feel confident that they would know what to do in an emergency. Makayla and Matt were part of a group of Wakefield High juniors who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as part of a community outreach program at Hallmark Health.

The program, funded by the annual Stride for Healthy Communities fundraising walk, has trained 900-1200 high school students each of the past seven years. Each student is given a Family & Friends CPR Anytime training kit, developed by the American Heart Association. The kit includes an inflatable learning “Manikin”, bilingual instructional DVDs, reminder cards, and full instructions. Hallmark Health athletic trainers, nurses and paramedics from Cataldo Ambulance Service provide hands-on instruction for all of the juniors.

According to Danielle Patturelli, RN, clinical outreach and education coordinator for cardiac and endovascular services at Hallmark Health, there has been a drop-off in the number of people learning CPR. “The program was put together to reach out to young people, get them engaged, and boost the number of trained individuals in our community. We are currently working with the high schools in Malden, Medford, Melrose and Wakefield, who have incorporated this training into their health and physical education curriculum.”

The training doesn’t end at the end of each session, however. Each student is then asked to take their kit home and use it to train other people. Makayla will be training her younger sister who is in middle school, while Matt is prepared to train his older sister. Both feel confident that they would be able to initiate CPR in an emergency.

“We trained 216 students this year,” said Paul Uva, wellness instructor at Wakefield Memorial High School. “It has been a great four-year working relationship between Wakefield Memorial High School and Hallmark Health. The students come away with a greater knowledge of what to do and how to do perform CPR during a crisis situation.”

Patturelli says that these training sessions are giving the teens the skills to jump in to help in the event of an emergency and adds that when CPR is administered outside of the hospital, it increases the chance of survival for the patient by three times.

Hallmark Health System is pleased to announce that Tara Gibson of Wakefield, Gail Infurna of Melrose and Robert Weinstein, MD, of Brookline have been named to its Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased to welcome Tara Gibson, Gail Infurna and Dr. Robert Weinstein to our board,” said James Herrington, chairman of the Hallmark Health System, Inc. Board of Trustees. “They have each distinguished themselves in their professional lives and contributions to the community. Together they bring a valued variety of skills and extensive experience to our board.”

Tara Gibson, RPLU, CPCU, ARe, is vice president of risk management at Coverys, where she manages the creation and execution of patient safety and risk management strategies for policyholders, including physicians, practice groups, hospitals and other health care facilities. She has also served as senior manager and manager in the underwriting department.

Ms. Gibson is a graduate of Rider University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She holds designations as a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU), a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and an Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). She is a licensed Massachusetts Property and Casualty Broker and holds non-resident licenses throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Gail Infurna is the admission/marketing director at EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Melrose, where she reviews referrals for admission, admits and builds relationships with residents and their families and markets the facility through community involvement. Prior to her current position, she was a registered nurse at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Ms. Infurna has served on the Melrose Board of Aldermen, representing Ward 5, since 1998. She served as the Board of Aldermen president in 2006 and has also served on the Melrose Traffic Commission, the Master Plan Committee and the School Building Committee. She is a graduate of the Malden Hospital School of Nursing.

Robert Weinstein, MD, is a practicing physician at Hallmark Health. He currently serves the Hallmark Health Physician Hospital Organization as a medical director, a member of the board of directors and chairman of the quality subcommittee chairman. He is president of the Lawrence Organization Independent Physicians Organization and Lawrence Melrose Medical Electronic Record (LMMER) Inc.

Dr. Weinstein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and then the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his medical residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Lahey Clinic and New England Deaconess Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

State Representative Paul Donato, Medford Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke and Medford City Councillor Richard Caraviello recently joined Hallmark Health leaders, physicians and staff for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event celebrating the opening of the new Sleep Medicine Center and the opening of the Center for Weight Management and Weight-Loss Surgery’s newly renovated location at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  

The new Hallmark Health Sleep Medicine Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford offers complete care and services by a team of sleep medicine providers highly trained in the diagnosis, treatment and management of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy, chronic insomnia, circadian rhythm abnormalities, and more. With proper diagnosis and management of sleep disorders, patients can experience significant improvement in symptoms, quality of life and associated health risks.

The Sleep Medicine Center is in newly designed space on the third floor at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and provides both hospital overnight and at-home studies. The build out of the space was done in conjunction with the newly renovated location for the Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  There are strong ties between sleep apnea and obesity and by offering sleep medicine services right on-site for bariatric surgery patients we are able to provide our patients with a comprehensive program in one location. 

Hallmark Health System today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Hallmark Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in December 2015. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Hallmark Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“Hallmark Health is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added William Doherty, MD, chief operating officer at Hallmark Health. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

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