Chris Vecchia Joins Stone House Properties

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Stone House Properties announced that Chris Vecchia will be joining the company as a Sales Associate. 
 
Born and raised in the Berkshires and currently raising his own family in Pittsfield, Vecchia brings an understanding of the local community.
 
Since 2019, Vecchia has been dedicated to helping his fellow Berkshire County residents achieve their real estate dreams. 
 
In addition to his role at Stone House Properties, Vecchia is a Licensed Massage Therapist, musician, and actor. In his spare time, Chris is an avid downhill skier and hiker, and is a Tanglewood regular during the summer months.
 
"I am thrilled to join the team at Stone House Properties," said Chris Vecchia. "As a Berkshire native, I am committed to helping my clients discover how they can live their life to the fullest in this county." 
 
Buyers or sellers can connect with Chris Vecchia and the Stone House Properties team by visiting www.stonehouseproperties.com, or by contacting him directly at 413-281-6995. 
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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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