Gastroenterologist Joins BHS Provider Practice

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) announced the appointment of Mark J. Sterling, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Gastroenterologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) and the provider staff of Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC. 
Dr. Sterling is accepting new patients in need of endoscopic and gastroenterology care and is partnered with Drs. Jason Bratcher, Ketisha De Roche and Jeffrey St. John at Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC.
Dr. Sterling's clinical interests include diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, pancreas, and liver; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy and Colonoscopy; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography; endoscopic ultrasound; endoscopic dilation and small bowel endoscopy.
Dr. Sterling came to the Berkshires after serving at Tufts Medical Center for six years, and previously served as Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA, and as Chief of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Director of Gastroenterology Service at UMDNJ-University Hospital, Newark, NJ.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and fellowship trained in Gastroenterology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center/Faulkner Hospital, Boston, and in Advanced Endoscopy/Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester.
For an appointment with Dr. Sterling, ask your primary care physician for a referral, or for more information call Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC at 413-499-8590.

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BCC to Hold Series of Three Culinary Classes for Alumni

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC), as part of its Workforce Development and Community Education program, is offering a series of three culinary classes to BCC alumni: handmade pasta making, basic poultry butchery skills and basic bread-making skills.
All classes will be taught in BCC's Berkshire Culinary Institute, located in the Susan B. Anthony Building Annex on the main campus. 
Classes are free for BCC alumni with a donation to the Alumni Board Student Scholarship. To register for classes, or for more information, contact Caterina Penna, Director of Alumni Relations & Events, at (413) 236-3071 or
Area chef and farmer Jeremy Stanton leads the handmade pasta making class on Monday, June 26 at 10 am. The class, which will be approximately three hours in duration, will focus on Italian varieties of pasta that showcase the creative ways in which delicious pasta can be made with simple techniques. Stanton, former owner and operator of The Meat Market, Fire Roasted Catering and Stellar Pasta Company, will teach participants how to make brightly colored pastas using fresh, local ingredients. 
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