For 2019, BMC received the following awards: Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, AFIB Gold, Resuscitation Gold (Adult) and Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI (Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction) Silver Referring Center.
This is the third straight year BMC has been recognized with this honor, which places the medical center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
The certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
The lecture series will cover sensory processing and sensory integration; sensory diets and how to create an effective one; surviving changes in routines, transitions and behaviors; how to help children develop social skills; movement disorders and getting organized; and non-verbal learning disabilities, stress, anxiety and depression.
The program is aimed at adults 18 and older who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes by a blood test within the past year. To be eligible for this program, participants must have a need to lose weight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher.
To qualify for the award, nursing homes and assisted or independent living communities need to have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey. Winners must have also received a minimum of 10 responses (at least a 30 percent response rate).
In Massachusetts, only seven CCRCs hold five-year CARF accreditation. Two of those, including Kimball Farms and Day Brook Village Senior Living (formerly Loomis House) in Holyoke, are Berkshire Healthcare Systems affiliates.
The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of six Gold Level award recipients for 2018, and is the only organization to have received a Gold Level award each of the four years of the program.
Michelle Garvie, an oncology dietitian, will talk about nutritional situations involving prostate cancer care, dietary management of symptoms from treatment, and an overview of a healthy diet during survivorship.
Dono de Quiusky is board-certified in internal medicine and received her medical degree from Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Councilors John Krol and Helen Moon are asking Berkshire Medical Center for $1 million.
The pair has filed a petition with the City Council asking for the sum through the execution of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement. Krol says the total is a quarter of what the hospital would have paid for all of its tax-exempt properties should those real estate holdings be taxes at the commercial rate.
Dr. Rana is accepting new patients in need of endocrinology and metabolism services and is partnered with doctors Brian Phillips and Krithi Ramesh and nurse practitioners Robyn Korte and Roberta Mansen at Endocrinology & Metabolism of BMC.
The Brien Center celebrated the opening of a recovery shelter specifically for women.
The center, in partnership with Berkshire Health Systems, opened the 17-bed center knows as the Keenan House for Women in October on Seymour Street. It will serve women recovering from addiction during the early stages of rehabilitation.