Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility Administrator Honored For Leadership

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The American College of Health Care Administrators honored Maria Craft, administrator of Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield, as a 2018 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award, the third consecutive year she has been so honored.

The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition a third time, but the results we have achieved at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility are due to the hard work and dedication of every single team member here," Craft said. "We are a five-star Medicare rated facility and hold the Silver-Achievement in Quality award from the American Health Care Association, all with the support of the caregivers at Mt. Greylock Extended Care. I'm grateful to all of them."

Only 7 percent of facilities nationwide qualified, and Craft was one of 44 recipients in Massachusetts who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including the health, fire (life safety), and complaint surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also included an 80 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.

Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility is a nonprofit organization that has been caring for people in the heart of the Berkshires since 1987. Located in a wooded residential area less than a quarter of a mile from Berkshire Medical Center, the facility provides top quality, personalized short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care and respite care in a warm, homelike setting. Hospice services are available for compassionate end-of-life care.

Mount Greylock is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an organization that integrates additional quality improvement principles into the daily operations with focus on improved resident outcomes. Mt. Greylock is owned by Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among nonprofit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts, and is managed by an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems. For more information, visit the website.
 

 


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YMCA Registering for Pittsfield CYC Basketball League

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Family YMCA Pittsfield Branch is now accepting registrations for its CYC Basketball program for all boys and girls ages 4 to 12th grade. Facilitated by the Y's Pittsfield branch at 292 North St., with practice and game locations at gyms throughout Pittsfield, the league’s dates are from Nov. 9 through mid-March.
 
The Y's CYC Basketball House League provides a high-quality experience to every athlete, especially those who need it most. Every athlete is coached using the principles of positive coaching; has fun at practices and games; feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance; has respect for self, team-mates, coaches and officials; learns “life lessons” that have value beyond the court; and learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improves as a player.
 
The Y is seeking volunteer coaches for the CYC Basketball House and Travel Leagues. The Y recognizes that coaches are the people who most directly make this all possible. The Y is committed to creating a positive culture, in which coaches, parents, officials and athletes work together to achieve our mission. In your role as a volunteer coach, you will work with our youth program members on skill development, safety, fair play, sportsmanship, and fun! The right candidate possesses organizational skills, patience, maturity, and dependability, along with sound character, strong morals, values, and personal ethics. CORI checks are required. For more information and to apply, contact the program director Brandon Rousseau at 413-499-7650 ext. 233 or at brousseau@bfymca.org.
 
Visit bfymca.org/cycbasketball for program costs and the most up-to-date program information.
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