Longtime Nephrologist Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A highly respected and longtime Berkshire Medical Center nephrologist has been recognized with the 2019 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.

Dr. Henry Rose, who has served kidney disease and dialysis patients at BMC for more than 30 years, was awarded the honor during a special breakfast ceremony on March 29, National Doctors Day.

"Henry works in an environment and with patients facing a critical illness and life-altering treatments and care. When these patients first begin their dialysis, they are naturally concerned, nervous, and are often frightened about their future, and Henry provides them with a sensitive ear and a guiding hand, giving them not only the value of his great medical expertise, but also the compassion of a friend for all of his patients and their families," Dr. Michael McInerney, BMC chief of staff, said in presenting the honor to Dr. Rose.

McInerney then went on to cite many of the comments that staff made about Rose in nominating him for the honor, including:

"Henry was one of my most important mentors in my career," said Dr. David Henner, one of his physician colleagues in Renal Dialysis. "Perhaps the most important aspects of practice I've learned from Henry."

Dr. David Albert, another physician colleague, said, "I can think of no physician who has more exemplified patient-centered care. Henry always places the patient's needs above those of his own."

A nursing colleague said, "He will not only go out of his way to help his patients. He will go to the ends of the Earth and beyond. He also takes his time with patients, truly listens to them, respectfully answers all of their questions, and actively involves their loved ones in the plan of care."

An important part of this recognition is that the physician has a highly positive impact on the team approach to care. One of his nursing co-workers said, "Dr. Rose is prepared to support and work with the Interdisciplinary team to identify obstacles his patients may face and he goes above and beyond to break down these hurdles so his patients can receive the best care possible."

Rose also received praise from colleagues in nutrition, pharmacy and other services that interact regularly with the Renal team.

In receiving the award, Dr. Rose credited those around him for his success and that of the overall Renal Dialysis program. He said the team approach to care is essential to the care provided to our Kidney Disease patients and he relies on the entire staff working together.

The staff of Berkshire Medical Center submitted nominations for the award. They chose to honor Rose among the many physicians on staff at BMC based on his actions as a role model and physician leader who demonstrates caring through quality interactions with others. The award focuses on communicating with patients and families, involving patients in healthcare decisions, taking the time to talk with patients and listen to their concerns, and working collaboratively and respectfully with all other members of the care team so that everyone can do their very best in addressing patient care issues. These behaviors exemplify a growing philosophical belief that all care activities must be centered around the patients’ needs, rather than hospital or individual routines and schedules.

The Patient-Centered Physician Award is presented each year in conjunction with National Doctors Day. Previous recipients of the Patient Centered Physician Award are: Drs. Robert Wespiser, Richard Perera, Todd Lasner, Ronald Hayden, Paula Aucoin, Andrew Beckwith, Wade Gebara, Rocco Iannucci, Marcella Bradway, William DeMarco, Michael McHugh, Michael DeLeo, Hafez Alsmaan, Dennis Owens and Cynthia Callahan.


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Pittsfield Parks Commission Continues to Support Springside Pump Track

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite pushback, the Springside pump track is moving forward.

After being prompted to pause the Springside Park pump track and bike skills facility project until in-person meetings can resume, the Parks Commission unanimously voted to continue with the process and encouraged additional public input.

"I would encourage the community to have faith in us as a commission to do our due diligence and allow all the inputs that we can get and encourage anybody who is in favor or in opposition to this or reach out to us in any white means possible. We will do all we can to do it in a public venue. If something is sent to our commission, it will be included in our public meetings," Chair Anthony DeMartino said.

"But we are still far away from a final decision on this. And I think saying that we are going to pause it and stop it at this time as would not be the right step."

Residents Joseph Koprek, Elizabeth Kulas and Royal Hardigan called into the meeting to express their concern for the project and belief that additional public feedback is required outside of the Zoom platform.

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