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Radiation oncologist Phillip Gray, MD, has joined Hallmark Health and will practice at the Center for Radiation Oncology in Stoneham, MA. 

Dr. Gray was most recently a member of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Mass General Hospital. He is an expert in radiation oncology, having trained at Mass General Hospital/Harvard Radiation Oncology Program with rotations at MGH, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and others.

He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and holds a certificate in clinical effectiveness from Harvard School of Public Health. He is actively involved in cancer research and has been awarded numerous honors over the years. He is a sought-after presenter nationally and internationally on a range of topics including pancreatic, bladder and prostate cancer therapies.

The Center for Radiation Oncology, conveniently located in Stoneham, is a service of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. It offers the latest in radiation therapies for the treatment of cancer through the care of an expert multi-disciplinary team comprised of oncologists, radiologists, physicists, nurses, radiation therapists and dosimetrists. The center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, representing the highest level of quality and patient safety.

For more information or referrals, please call the Center for Radiation Oncology at 781-279-0655.

  

Medford, MA - June 30, 2016 – Hallmark Health, the parent company of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, today announced that its board of trustees unanimously approved a letter of intent to join Wellforce, the parent company of Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health (including Lowell General Hospital). 

The vote comes after an extensive review process that considered numerous proposals from both local and national providers.

“Hallmark Health has a great future in partnering with an organization that shares our vision of providing unparalleled access to high quality, comprehensive, low-cost care, here in our communities. In Wellforce, we see that future. We are excited to enter into this exclusive agreement,” said Alan Macdonald, president and chief executive officer, Hallmark Health.

“We are fortunate to have had a great number of thoughtful proposals to consider,” adds Macdonald, “but Wellforce clearly stood out as an organization that we can see ourselves aligning with and positioning us for future growth. They bring together thriving community hospitals, a renowned academic medical center and strong physician networks that are leaders in population health management. ”

“Wellforce and its hospitals and physicians have an exceptional clinical reputation and we are excited to work together for the health of our patients and our communities,” said Laurence Conway, MD, president of the Hallmark Health medical staff and member of the Board’s affiliation work group.

Hallmark Health and Wellforce will now enter into an exclusive due diligence process. Over the next few months, the groups will finalize the terms under which Hallmark Health will join the Wellforce system and work with the appropriate regulatory agencies to secure the necessary approvals.

“We are extremely pleased to be selected by Hallmark Health,” said Norm Deschene, CEO of Wellforce. “Hallmark Health and Wellforce share a commitment to first and foremost doing what is right for our local communities, patients and physicians. We look forward to forging a partnership that benefits the Hallmark Health communities for decades to come.”

“Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University have a special affinity for the communities surrounding Hallmark Health. Our partnership with Lowell General through Wellforce has proven that academic medicine doesn’t have to stay sheltered in Boston but can and should come out to the community,” said Michael Wagner, MD, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. ”

 

About Wellforce

Wellforce is the health system formed by Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health in 2014. Wellforce was created to provide Massachusetts hospitals and physicians with a new option for collaboration. Wellforce brings together the strengths of academic medicine and community care in a model that respects both equally. Wellforce is the market’s high quality, lower cost system. Wellforce focuses on care integration, population health management, patient access and operational performance so that our members can do what they do best – care for patients. Wellforce includes 2,500 physicians, 2 community hospital campuses, an academic medical center and a children’s hospital. Wellforce represents $1.36 billion in revenue and 9,000 employees.

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More than 200 Hallmark Health System supporters recently participated in this year’s Stride for Healthy Communities, raising more than $34,000 for community health programs such as bariatric support programs, cancer care, cardiology and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network.

The annual fundraising walk around Wakefield’s Lake Quannapowitt featured a 5K road race. Top runners in the men’s and women’s races included husband/wife Jon and Beth Korhonen of Somerville, with winning times of 16:03 and 20:09.

More than 40 Hallmark Health employees successfully finished the 5K race as part of a couch-to-5K® program aimed at helping employees start an exercise program and reach new fitness goals. The program was led by volunteer coaches, fellow employees with running experience, who conducted training sessions and mentored new runners.

Hallmark Health would like to thank the sponsors of the 2016 Stride for Healthy Communities:

Jennifer S. Wu, MD; Hallmark Health Medical Staff; Wholefoods Melrose & Woburn; Eastern Bank; Action Ambulance; Armstrong Ambulance; Cataldo Ambulance; Kaufman Hall; New England Coffee; Wayne Wivell, MD; Hallmark Health Imaging; HDR; Healthgrades; Melrose Cooperative Bank; Metro North YMCA; Optum; Promotional Solutions

 

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 www.CummingsFoundation.org

 

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!

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