The Department of Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center has grown dramatically over the last several years, adding many outstanding physicians to the BMC staff and leading multiple quality initiatives that have generated national recognition for the hospital.
Under the leadership of Gray Ellrodt, MD, chairman of the Department of Medicine, BMC has received a total of 10 performance achievement awards from the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines program - more than any other hospital in the country. In addition, the department has recruited highly accomplished clinicians for such critical areas as cardiology, neurology, nephrology, hospital medicine, endocrinology, internal medicine and occupational health.
Comprehensive initiatives developed by the Department of Medicine have elevated patient care to the highest standards at BMC and are now integrated throughout the healthcare system. These programs include:
- The Medical Emergency Team: A group of physicians, nurses and technicians who rapidly respond to patients with unstable medical conditions.
- Sepsis Team: Highly-skilled clinicians trained to rapidly manage patients with overwhelming infections.
- Glycemic (Glucose) Control Initiative: A program to monitor blood sugar concentrations in critically ill patients to improve outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit.
- Stroke Team: An award-winning group of physicians, neurologists, nurses and rehab specialists providing the highest level of care for patients with acute cardiovascular events (brain attack.)
- Multidisciplinary Rounds: A system of collaboration and communication among healthcare providers that is driving best practices and excellent patient care in the Department of Medicine.
- Multidisciplinary Performance Improvement Committee: A team of healthcare providers which meet to discuss a patient's case and develop specific recommendations to improve care.