New location will offer advanced diabetes clinical care and education in northern suburban Boston

BOSTON – Dec. 20, 2010 — In response to the epidemic of diabetes 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, which will be led by Sunita Schurgin, M.D., Tara Hamilton, M.D. and Sybil Kramer, M.D. will offer some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. Hallmark Health will be one of only 42 national and two international Affiliate locations as well as the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston’s northern suburbs.

“We are honored to enter into this partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center,” said Terry Giove, vice president of Ambulatory Services for Hallmark Health. “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 the Hallmark Health system.” 

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.

“We are delighted to have Hallmark Health join us in the fight against diabetes,” said Janice Murphy, director of National Affiliated Programs at Joslin. “We’ve got a huge problem with diabetes in the United States. Hallmark has shown its commitment to dealing with this chronic disease and we’re thrilled to partner with them.” 

The Center at Hallmark Health will offer 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 will be cared for by a dedicated, highly experienced team including a board-certified endocrinologist, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator 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. 

About Hallmark Health System

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. For more information about Hallmark Health, visit or follow us on Twitter at