Great Barrington Public Theater Plans Benefit for Berkshire Voices

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) plans June 7 festive evening under the stars to benefit Berkshire Voices, and give a sneak-peek preview of Night at the Speakeasy cabaret starring Janelle Farias Sando, premiering this summer in the McConnell Theater.
 
Great Barrington Public partners with Berkshire Voices playwrights' group to incubate, develop and bring new plays to stage. "Dog People," the lead-off production in the company's 2024 season, was developed by Berkshire Voices member Leigh Strimbeck and given an initial public reading in 2022.
 
On June 7, 6pm, GBPT will hold an event to benefit, support and celebrate the work of Berkshire Voices.
 
The stage program will spotlight Leigh Strimbeck and the two-person cast of "Dog People," and give a first peek preview of "Night at The Speakeasy," a GBPT cabaret featuring Janelle Farias Sando that plays on the McConnell stage July 26-August 11.
 
The twilight celebration will be held at Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, June 7th, 6-9pm It begins under a tent on the pastoral lawn outside the Daniel Arts Center with cocktails, wine, soft refreshments and savory, small plate hors d'oeuvres. Guests then move into the McConnell Theater for the spotlight presentations and preview of "Night at the Speakeasy," followed by champagne and an assortment of desserts under the stars.
 
"GB Public was founded to bring life-enriching new plays to the stage for local theater lovers and our growing visiting audiences, and to do so by working with the exceptional resource of stage artists and crews who call the Berkshires and nearby communities home," the company's Development Director Serena Johnson said. "We're planning this special, twilight event to show off the results of our dedication to new work and new voices, and to benefit the quiet but important work done by Berkshire Voices. It will be a fun, festive night of delicious small bites, drinks, congeniality and conversation, and a taste of the sensational new cabaret that Janelle Farias Sando brings to the McConnell Theater later this summer."
 
Reservations for the June 7th benefit can be made on the GB Public tickets website.
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Fairview Hospital Receives Awards for Stroke Care

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital has been twice recognized for its stroke care by the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 
 
Berkshire Health Systems said Fairview was honored for "Achieving Door to CT Less Than or Equal to 25 Minutes From Arrival for at Least 85 percent of Stroke Patients" and "Dysphagia Screening Greater Than or Equal to 90 percent."
 
The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by DPH that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals.
 
The door-to-CT measure demonstrates the percentage of stroke patients receiving a computed tomography, or CT, scan in less than or equal to 25 minutes from the time of arrival at the emergency department. For the award, the measure includes all eligible stroke patients who arrived at the hospital by emergency medical services and within 4.5 hours of "Last Known Well" (the date and time when a patient was last known to be without signs and symptoms of the current stroke or at their baseline). Hospitals are encouraged to include EMS agencies in quality improvement activities aimed at improving this measure.
 
The dysphagia award recognizes hospitals that completed dysphagia screening on at least 90 percent of stroke patients from January 2023 to December 2023. The dysphagia screening measure captures the percentage of stroke patients who undergo screening for dysphagia with an evidence-based bedside testing protocol approved by the hospital before being given any food, fluids, or medication by mouth.
 
"Fairview Hospital provides outstanding care for the south Berkshire community," said Dr. James Lederer, Berkshire Health Systems chief medical officer/chief quality officer. "The staff at Fairview is committed to providing quality stroke care, recognized by these prestigious awards from the DPH Coverdell Stroke Program."
 
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the commonwealth and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment are critical to help improve outcomes.
 
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