Destination Better Health Offers Programs at Fairview

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital, Berkshire Health Systems' nationally recognized critical access hospital, will host Destination Better Health '24, a week of free health education, programs and resources offered under a tent next to the hospital at 29 Lewis Avenue in Great Barrington from Tuesday, June 25 through Monday, July 1.  
The program is designed to raise awareness through education and exposure to topics of interest to the community. The schedule includes morning, midday and afternoon programming and all events are free of charge. Pre-registration is requested and can be completed at or by calling Fairview's Community Relations Office at (413) 854-9609.

Tuesday, June 25
  • 12:00 noon         "Stress Release Through Hypnosis" will be led by certified hypnotherapist and BHS Wellness Coach, Doreen Donovan.
  • 9:00.- 2:30 p.m. BHS Bloodmobile will be on site (both Tuesday and Wednesday).  Appointments are preferred but drop-ins are welcomed. To schedule, call (413) 447-2597, option 2.
  • 4:00 p.m.             "The Role of Hormones in Bone Health" will be offered by Pier Boutin, MD of Fairview Orthopedic & Sports Medicine.

Wednesday, June 26

  • 12:00 noon           "Diabetes: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Resources in our Community" will take place presented by diabetes educator, Lauren Whitney, of Endocrinology & Metabolism at BMC.
  • 4:00 p.m.,            "Berkshire Health Systems: Looking to the Future:" BHS's President and CEO, Darlene Rodowicz, will be joined by Fairview's Interim Vice President, Emmett Schuster, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities for healthcare in the Berkshires.
Thursday, June 27
  • 9:30 a.m.              "Improving Veterans' Access to Care" is a coffee and conversation session for veterans and their families will include presenters Tom Baisley, Southern Berkshires Veterans Coordinator, Robert Shearer of BHS Urgent Care, and Kayli Manning of the BHS Nurse Line to discuss new services that can be helpful in accessing care.
  • 12:00 noon.       "Moving and Functionality: Signs and Strategies to Avoid Decline" will be presented by Fairview Hospital's Director of Rehabilitation, Victoria Guy, RPT, joined by Dr. Katie Hatt of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitative Services of BMC.
  • 4:00 p.m.             "10 Ways to Protect Your Heart and Local Resources to Help You" will be presented by Fairview's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department nurses, Ellen Brady and Cathy Samuels.
Friday, June 28
  • 10 :00 – 2:00.     "Learn How to Save a Life: Naloxone Training Drop -In." Berkshire Harm Reduction will offer ongoing training at Harm Reduction mobile van, which will be located in front of the Main Entrance to Fairview Hospital.
  • 12:00 noon         "Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders" will be presented by BMC polysomnographic technologist, Thomas Rathbun, who will discuss sharing information about signs and symptoms of health issues, as well as diagnostic and treatment services available at the Berkshire Sleep Disorders Clinic in Pittsfield.
Saturday, June 29
  • 10:00 a.m.          "LGBTQ+ Aging Well PRIDE Potluck and Learning Lab at Fairview Hospital." In honor of National PRIDE Month, Fairview Hospital will host a special program for the LGBTQ+ community. The panel of speakers will include Bart Church, Interim Director of Q-Mob of the Berkshires, Maureen Daniels, BHS Director of Wellness, Doreen Hutchinson, VP Operation and Patient Care at Fairview Hospital, and Catherine Record, Certified Application Consultant at BHS Advocacy for Access.
Monday, July 1
  • 12:00 noon         "Preventing Food Allergies from Developing in Children," will be offered by Dr. Ronald Sunog, a pediatrician at MACONY accompanied by Robert Hoechster, Fairview Hospital nutritionist and father of a child with severe food allergies.
  • 4:00 p.m.             "Community Health Workers: Connecting You to Resources" will be presented by Adrien Conklin, RN Care Coordination of Berkshire Faculty Services, Halle Miller, a CHW working at East Mountain Medical Center in Great Barrington, and Deb Phillips, coordinator of the Southern Berkshire Rural Health Network, who will also share information about 413Cares, a website listing resources in the community.
In addition to the programs above, the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce (SBCOC) will partner with Fairview for the June Networking Before Nine meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 at Fairview Hospital under the Destination Better Health tent. "Developing Our Future Workforce" will be presented by a panel of speakers including Courtney Warren, BHS Manager of Talent Development, Lauren Cameron of Warrior Trading and Pam Wojtkowski- MassHire Career Center.  Pre-registration is required by calling the SBCOC at (413) 528-4284. There is a fee to cover the cost of breakfast.


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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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