New Fairview Hospital Leadershp Announced

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has announced that Anthony Scibelli has been named a system vice president and the Chief Operating Officer of BHS's Fairview Hospital following a months-long, nation-wide search. 
Scibelli, currently the Vice President of Operations and Chief Administrative Officer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, will begin his new leadership role at Fairview in early September.  Emmett Schuster, Interim Vice President of Fairview, will be present to support the hospital during the transitional period.
"Fairview Hospital plays an integral role in making South County a better, healthier place for all – something we are very proud to support and celebrate," said Darlene Rodowicz, President and CEO of BHS. "It was important to our system that we appoint a thoughtful and dedicated leader who can guide our five-star Fairview Hospital during this pivotal time in healthcare, when we are facing ever-greater challenges and ever-greater opportunities."
Alec Belman, MD, Chief of Staff at Fairview and member of the search committee explained, "Tony stood out among a competitive group of candidates, not only for his deep expertise in hospital operations and administration, but also for his collaborative and dynamic leadership style."
Doreen Hutchinson, RN, Vice President and Chief Nurse at Fairview added, "We are thrilled that, with Tony, we have found a healthcare leader whose experience, knowledge, and skills are a perfect match for Fairview Hospital."
For the past 10 years, Scibelli has served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Administrative Officer at Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton. Previously, he held several senior leadership positions with Utica, NY-based Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, eventually becoming Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Support Services and Post-Acute Operations following a merger with Mohawk Valley Health Systems.
"Fairview has an outstanding reputation as a hospital and as a community partner," said Scibelli. "I am excited to be joining such a dedicated team and look forward to working together to further enhance the important role that Fairview Hospital plays within the community's system of care."
Scibelli earned a Master of Business Administration at SUNY University of Albany. He has a Master of Science in Training and Development from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and a bachelor's degree from Worcester State University. He serves as an adjunct instructor at Elms College. In the community, Scibelli is an active volunteer and board member with organizations including the Lighthouse School, the Franklin and Hampshire County Regional Employment Board, Greenfield Community College, and the Northampton Survival Center.

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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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