Hillcrest Commons Employee Wins CAPE Award

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Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz of Hillcrest Commons (HCC) wins C.A.P.E Award from Cintas Corporation. In photo from left to right: Delores Duncan, HCC Administrator, Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz, HCC Facilities Manager, Jim Crowley, CINTAS Corporation Healthcare Major Account Manager and Rosalee Lampro, HCC Assistant Administrator.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons Facility Manager Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz and her team were recognized Friday by Cintas Corporation with the Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience (CAPE) Award.  
"Elzbieta and her team are a vital part of our facility and our war against a virus that could be devastating to our population," Rosalee Lampro, Hillcrest Commons Assistant Administrator said. "Her commitment to excellence has played a huge part in helping to be on the winning side of that war so far and we are grateful that she is part of the Hillcrest Commons team." 
Szymczakiewicz was one of only eight recipients who were chosen from nearly 700 stories submitted about Environmental Services (EVS) technicians from facilities across the country. 
Each contest award winner was given $2,500 and another $2,500 donation to the non-profit organization or charity of their choice. Szymczakiewicz is donating the winnings back to Hillcrest Commons to invest in needed equipment. 
The award program was created to celebrate EVS technicians.
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Pittsfield Fire Victim Flown to Mass General With Severe Burns

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is in critical condition after being rescued by firefighters from a burning second-floor apartment on Friday.
The victim was found suffering from severe burns in a room next to the kitchen where the fire started in Apartment 4 at 483 Peck's Road. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center by Action Ambulance and later flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  
The blaze in the six-unit structure was reported at about noontime. Brown smoke was reported coming from the eaves of the building and a hose was stretched to the second floor apartment to extinguish the kitchen fire. Crews from Engines 3 and 5 entered the building and found the victim. Personnel from Engine 1 did a primary search of the structure for any other individuals and to determine the extent of the fire. 
The fire damage was largely confined to single apartment but the occupant of the unit underneath on the first floor was displaced. Red Cross was contacted to assist the person. The rest of the building suffered degrees of smoke damage. 
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