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Supporters, critics weigh in on Partners takeover of Hallmark

The Boston Globe, May 29, 2014
Leaders of Partners HealthCare and Hallmark Health System said their planned alliance will lead to more integrated medical care, but not all of the community leaders and residents at a hearing Wednesday were convinced the deal will be good for patients. The proposed takeover of Hallmark, which owns Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, will allow Boston-based Partners "to invest both substantial financial and clinical resources in Hallmark Health," said Dr. David Torchiana, head of the Partners-owned Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. He spoke during a hearing hosted by the state Department of Public Health at Tufts University.