May 3, 2013 – According to the American Diabetes Association there are nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States living with diabetes and an additional 57 million Americans at risk for the disease.
In response to the epidemic of diabetes in men and women living in Massachusetts, Hallmark Health System, the leading provider of vital health services north of Boston, has joined forces with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization.
The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System, located at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and led by Sybil Kramer, MD and Eleanor Lam, MD, will offer some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. Hallmark Health System is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. Hallmark Health System also operates an Affiliate at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, which opened in 2011.
“We are honored to enter into this affiliation with the Joslin Diabetes Center,” said Melissa Roberto, system director of ambulatory services for Hallmark Health System. “Our two organizations share the common goal of providing the very best in diabetes care. We look forward to working closely with Joslin to treat, educate and support diabetes patients throughout our communities.”
Joslin provides clinical, educational, operational and marketing support to its Affiliates to help assure that high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective diabetes care is available to each partner’s community — ensuring that these organizations and the patients they serve are in touch with some of the latest clinical trends and research breakthroughs.
The Center offers advanced clinical care for the treatment of diabetes for patients ages 18 and older, as well as patient education and support services. This multi-disciplinary program will offer services for:
• Diabetes screening
• Comprehensive diabetes care and management
• Complication screening, prevention and treatment
• Weight management and nutritional counseling
• Medication management
• Insulin pump management
• Self-care and self-management
• Gestational diabetes management
Patients are cared for by a dedicated, highly experienced team including a board-certified endocrinologist, certified diabetes nurse educators, registered dietitians and other medical and support professionals. Along with expert diabetes care, these physicians will continue to provide treatment for a wide variety of other endocrinology diagnoses.
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real hope and progress toward diabetes prevention and a cure. Founded in 1898 by Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. For more information about Joslin, visit www.joslin.org.
Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.