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Hallmark Health is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Hallmark Health was chosen from a total of 479 applicants during a competitive review process. The grant will fund installation of cardiac telemetry monitoring units on its orthopedic/surgical unit at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant for new cardiac telemetry units and are greatly appreciative of the long term support of the Cummings Foundation,” said Denise Flynn, chief development officer at Hallmark Health.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middelsex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefitting 41 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.

“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Hallmark Health are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, health care and food insecurity. 

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at


May 4, 2016:  Congratulations to Kelly Kane and Gina Serino from Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, and Valerie Fusco and Joan Keneally-Nies from Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, who were honored in the Boston Globe’s Salute to Nurses!

See the link below to read their nomination letters.

Thank you Kelly, Gina, Valerie, Joan and to all of the nurses who provide exceptional care to our patients!

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
• 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.

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