Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Staff

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management welcomes two new staff members to its Great Barrington office: Operations Support Partner Katrina Fitzpatrick and Front Office Coordinator Lusha Martin.
As Operations Support Partner, Katrina Fitzpatrick's goal is to continuously make Berkshire Money Management and its processes more efficient. She works closely with Chief Operating Officer Natalie Wheeler to assess company needs and identify opportunities for improvement – and develop strategies for addressing both.
Katrina is a graduate of Westfield State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business management with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics. Prior to joining Berkshire Money Management, Katrina worked as a Branch Specialist at Greylock Federal Credit Union. A lifelong resident of Monterey, Massachusetts, she enjoys adventures with her dog, Dusty, and spending quality time with friends and family.
As Front Office Coordinator, Lusha Martin manages the daily needs of Berkshire Money Management's Great Barrington office, welcomes clients and guests, and manages the phone lines for the Dalton and Great Barrington offices.
Before arriving at Berkshire Money Management, Lusha owned and operated Bakin' Bakery in Sheffield. She also brings more than two decades of experience in office management to the team and is in the process of earning an associate degree in business careers at Berkshire Community College. Outside the office, Lusha enjoys reading, gardening, spending time at home in Sheffield with her family and dog, and raising funds for various non-profit organizations including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lusha is a member of the Board of Directors for Stanton Home in Great Barrington.

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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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