Kimball Farms Awarded Five-Year CARF accreditation

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LENOX, Mass. — Kimball Farms Life Care has earned a Five-Year Term of Accreditation from CARF International.

"Only about 10 percent of the continuing care retirement communities in the country have achieved five-year accreditation status," said Bill Jones, president of Berkshire Healthcare, which operates Loomis. "This is a tremendous source of pride for all of us and it speaks volumes about the terrific work the team here does."

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.

An organization receiving a Five-Year Term of Accreditation has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF's accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CCRC accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services.

"The CARF survey process is an extensive analysis and evaluation of the standards of care," said Albert Ingegni, Berkshire Healthcare's vice president of housing services. The Kimball Farms team spent months preparing for the survey, which covered all service levels.

Kimball Farms Life Care Continuing Care Retirement Community is the only Life Care community in western Massachusetts. Based in Lenox, Kimball Farms includes Independent Living, PineHill Assisted Living, the Life Enrichment Memory Care Program, and the Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center. Kimball Farms is owned by Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among not-for-profit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts.

 


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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Offer Concluding Concerts

By Stephen DanknerGuest Column

Tanglewood concludes its 2019 classical programming this week, culminating with two "heavy hitters": John Williams' Film Night, performed by the Boston Pops on Saturday, Aug. 24, and, of course, the traditional final concert featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony ("Choral"), performed on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Shed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with stellar vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus – all under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.

For all that, the upcoming program at Concerts at Tannery Pond promises to be memorable: The phenomenal Miró String Quartet offers a program of Mozart, Schubert and the contemporary American composer Kevin Puts.

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the array of area classical offerings on the horizon: one final concert at Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14, and at South Mountain Concerts, in Pittsfield, during September and October. Read below for a recap of the five South Mountain dates and performing artists.

It will certainly be a busy and rewarding schedule, as the summer music festival season continues into the fall, featuring magnificent chamber music.

Tanglewood

• Friday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. in the Shed: Pianist Conrad Tao joins the BSO in a performance of Maurice Ravel's ebullient, jazz-tinged Piano Concerto in G Major. Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Yu-An Chang makes his debut with the orchestra in this program. The Concerto, composed in 1931, following the composer's four-month tour within the United States, was inspired by the energy of the jazz music Ravel heard and loved, and that was taking the country, and the world, by storm. The program also includes music by two teenage geniuses: Schubert's refined yet animated Symphony No. 2, composed around the time of his 18th birthday, and Mendelssohn's elfin-airborne Overture to "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," composed when he was 17.

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