Hallmark Health System honored in fight against Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)
Aug. 29, 2012 – Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is the recipient of an HAI WATCHDOG Award. Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Health Care, the HAI WATCHDOG Awards were created to recognize the efforts of dedicated healthcare professionals helping to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The award comes with a financial grant that will be used for professional development.
“It’s a great honor to see our work to prevent HAIs recognized by an industry leader like Kimberly-Clark Health Care. We will use our grant to further our ongoing commitment to quality care, infection prevention and education,” said Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD, associate chief nursing officer at Hallmark Health System. “We’re proud to share our best practices as well as learn from other members of the HAI WATCHDOG Community to maintain, and even boost, our infection prevention and HAI awareness efforts. We will continue to seek out ways to maintain the highest levels of infection control to protect our patients and the community and we hope this recognition drives others in the healthcare community to do the same.”
HAIs are a national issue that affect more than 2 million patients each year and threaten to grow even more numerous and complicated.
The HAI WATCHDOG Awards were judged by a panel of infection prevention healthcare professionals and submissions addressed a range of issues including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
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 System is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.