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Michael Newman, MD, FACP, CPE, has been named president of Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA) and system vice president of Hallmark Health System. Dr. Newman has been successfully serving as interim president of HHMA, Hallmark Health’s employed provider organization, since September.

Dr. Newman is a board-certified gastroenterologist who has practiced on the North Shore for nearly 25 years. He has served as chief medical officer of HHMA and as director of gastroenterology for Hallmark Health System and HHMA.

He received his medical degree from New York University Medical School. Dr. Newman completed his residency training at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Newman is the author of numerous abstracts and medical articles.

Hallmark Health is the premier 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. For more information visit

Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. (HHMA) is comprised of more than 90 providers who are highly trained and experienced primary care providers in family medicine and internal medicine, and specialists in obstetrics & gynecology, gastroenterology, surgery, endocrinology, hematology/oncology and infectious disease. For more information, visit


North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) has been named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and analytics focused on the quality and cost of healthcare.

Selection for the Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals award reflects excellence in cardiovascular services that benefit patients, their families, employers, and the entire community. The study measures performance in key areas including mortality, complication rate, length of stay and cost for heart attack, heart failure and primary percutaneous coronary intervention patients.

“NSMC’s Heart Center provides a phenomenal cardiac service for heart attacks and other conditions,” says David Roberts, M.D., chair of cardiology and medicine at NSMC. “That’s in large part due to the strong focus by a team of cardiologists, nurses, clinical assistants, administrators and staff on exceptional care and outcomes.”

For years, the NSMC Heart Center has offered a broad range of exceptional services from general cardiology, diagnostic testing and electrophysiology to interventional care and lifesaving treatment for heart attacks, rhythm disorders and other conditions. NSMC’s collaboration in cardiac care with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) also provides patient’s access to a world-class surgical team.

“This award speaks to the caliber of our program and our commitment to providing outstanding care,” says Dr. Roberts. “Our expertise in electrophysiology, general and interventional cardiology brings a truly exceptional level of care to the local community.”

The study, now in its eighteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical, operational and financial performance in this critical area of hospital care. If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners:

More than 9,000 additional lives could be saved

Over 6,000 more heart patients could be complication-free

More than $1.4 billion could be saved

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2014 and 2015 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2015 (2014 when 2015 was not available) Medicare cost reports, and the Hospital Compare dataset published in the second quarter of 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The winning hospitals were announced in the November edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. More information on this study research is available at

North Shore Medical Center:

NSMC (North Shore Medical Center) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Outpatient Services and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For more information, visit our website at

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