“It’s great to visit with the families and see how well they are doing,” said Carol Downes, director of maternal-newborn services at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. “We are touched that the families feel strongly enough about the care they received in the Special Care Nursery to come back year after year.”

The Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Special Care Nursery provides comprehensive nursing care and medical treatment for newborns requiring a higher level of care, scope of services and nurse-infant ratio than that available in the newborn nursery. The Special Care Nursery cares for babies who are born premature, at a low birth weight, are twins or triplets, or have medical problems at birth.

The Special Care Nursery is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by neonatologists and specially trained neonatal registered nurses. Infants treated in the Special Care Nursery also benefit from Hallmark Health’s affiliation with Tufts Medical Center. This partnership provides access to specialists in a wide range of areas including pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons and geneticists.

For more information about Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.


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 Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden; 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.

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