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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.

Do you or a family member suffer from chronic insomnia, chronic fatigue, headaches upon waking, restless leg syndrome, excessive snoring? You may be among the millions of Americans who suffer from some form of sleep disorder.

“The signs and symptoms of sleep disorders vary greatly, and for many, their sleep-related problems go undiagnosed and untreated,” said Meena Mehta, MD, medical director of the Hallmark Health Sleep Medicine Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. “Awareness of how quality sleep can impact a person’s overall health and well-being has dramatically increased in recent years.”

The signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include excessive daytime sleepiness, headache and confusion upon waking, trouble falling and staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, chronic fatigue, leg cramps, snoring, and irregular heartbeat during the night, among others. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most commonly known sleep disorder and can be associated with a number of health risks including hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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.

For more information about the sleep center, call 781-306-6366.

During American Diabetes Month®, Hallmark Health System wants to remind people with diabetes that they are at a higher risk for non-healing foot wounds – and therefore amputations – than most Americans and that a wound healing center can provide guidance for prevention and treatment.

For most Americans, a blister or cut on the foot is a small inconvenience that a Band-Aid™ and time will heal. But that’s not the case for the 29.1 million Americans who have diabetes. Some of the complications of diabetes make feet vulnerable to non-healing foot ulcers that can result in infections and even amputations. Sixty to seventy percent of people with diabetes have limited or no feeling in their feet—their early warning systems have been altered or completely shut down by nerve damage. If you notice any skin changes or red patches on your feet and you have diabetes, the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hallmark Health, located at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital urges you to see your doctor or call the center immediately for an evaluation. The center is here to educate, prevent and provide treatment when necessary.

“It’s much easier to treat a minor foot problem before it becomes serious,” said Alfonso Serrano, MD, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon with decades of experience who serves as medical director for the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. “Many patients we see have a diabetic foot ulcer. This type of non-healing wound is the leading cause of hospitalization and amputation for people with diabetes.” A person with diabetes has impaired immunity and often reduced blood flow to the legs and feet. Both can hamper healing, cause infections and cause damage to underlying structures and bones. In some cases, the damage can lead to a toe, foot or leg amputation.

The World Health Organization estimates that 85 percent of all diabetic amputations are preventable. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hallmark Health will provide the best treatment to help your wound heal. However, in order to prevent a foot ulcer from starting, it is vital that patients with diabetes check their feet daily and get regular foot care from their doctor.

According to the American Diabetes Association, one adult is diagnosed in the United States every 19 seconds. That’s 1.7 million more people each year at risk for non-healing wounds and other complications. What’s more, one in four people who have diabetes today are undiagnosed and don’t know they’re at risk.

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hallmark Health’s highly trained multidisciplinary team combines evidence-based best practices and advanced therapies with individualized treatment plans for faster healing to get their patients back to health and enjoying what they care about most.

For more information on the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Hallmark Health visit http://www.hallmarkhealth.org/medical-services-wound-care-center.html

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