Berkshire Medical Center Honored with Five Quality Achievement Awards

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center again has received several Get With The Guidelines Awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of patients who suffer strokes, heart failure, atrial fibrillation/flutter (AFIB), cardiac arrests or heart attacks.

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.

The Get With the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline programs were developed with the goal to save lives and speed recovery by encouraging hospitals to consistently follow the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Get With the Guidelines programs use evidence-based metrics to measure the quality of in-hospital care, while Mission: Lifeline extends to pre-hospital treatment, through EMS, to evaluate the full continuum of patient care.

"Berkshire Medical Center is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcomes and implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines programs help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis," said Dr. Gray Ellrodt, BMC's chief quality officer and chair of medicine.

"We are pleased to recognize Berkshire Medical Center for their commitment in following these guidelines," said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of Neurology and director of Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


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State Briefs: Last Mile Funding, Grant Awards


State Sen. Adam Hinds takes a photo of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the core bore site.

BLANDFORD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Blandford Select Board member Eric McVey and other local leaders observed a core bore drilling on Thursday afternoon to replace outdated utility poles and install broadband internet.

Blandford was awarded a Last Mile Infrastructure Grant worth $1.04 million in 2018 to deliver broadband access to residents. Following the demonstration, Baker announced $5 million supplemental funding for the Last Mile Program, which will cover roughly half the cost of connecting homeowners to newly installed networks in 21 eligible communities.

"Our administration has prioritized the Last Mile program because we recognize that access to broadband internet is critical for the success of families, businesses and communities in the 21st century economy," the governor said. "We are proud of our progress toward delivering broadband internet to every community in the commonwealth, including the progress we observed today in Blandford, and pleased to make an additional funding commitment to these communities."
 
The work in Blandford is being made possible by a $1.04 million Last Mile grant announced in 2018. More than 2,400 replacement utility poles will be installed as the result of these Last Mile efforts in Blandford alone and approximately 60,000 throughout all the Last Mile communities. 
 
 
 
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