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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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence:  The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.  

An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and community production and executive producer of the program.  "Not only were we able to trace the parade back further than ever before, but to see how the parade has impacted Pittsfield, and how the community always seems to come together to make sure the parade happens is remarkable."

The Pittsfield Fourth of July parade experienced bumps in the road even back in the early 1800s - most notably, when Captain Joseph Merrick, a Federalist, excluded Democrats from the yearly post-parade gathering at his tavern in 1808.

The parade ran concurrently from at least 1801 until 1820. In 1821, Pittsfield’s spiritual leader Dr. Rev. Heman Humphrey, canceled the festivities so the day could be dedicated to God before resuming in 1822 after residents decided they wanted their parade.

"Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" premiered July 4 at 9:30 am on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 and PCTV Select.  The program is available on-demand on PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV, or online.

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