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BMC Achieves New National Recognitions from HealthGrades: Ranked #1 in State for Stroke Care
November 2, 2011

For Immediate Release

HealthGrades Ranks Berkshire Medical Center #1 in Massachusetts for the Treatment of Stroke: BMC also in the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical, Pulmonary, and Stroke Care
PITTSFIELD, MA – A report released by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of hospital quality ratings, named Berkshire Medical Center #1 in Massachusetts for the treatment of stroke for the second year in a row. BMC was also ranked among the top 5% in the nation for stroke and pulmonary care and the top 10% in the nation for critical care.

As a result, BMC has received the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for the third year in a row, the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the fourth year running and for the first time has received the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award. BMC was ranked #2 in Massachusetts for Critical Care. In addition, BMC was recognized with Five-Star Ratings in the treatment of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke, Overall Pulmonary Services, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Sepsis and Respiratory Failure.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals.

“BMC’s continual commitment to providing the highest level of care for our community is reflected in this latest national recognition achieved by our physicians, clinicians and staff,” said David Phelps, President of Berkshire Health Systems. “These national honors from independent ratings organizations like HealthGrades and many others are validation that our quality in providing key services to our community is exceptional, and the people we serve in the Berkshire community can rely on receiving the best care here at home.”

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Berkshire Medical Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”

Berkshire Medical Center was recognized for the following clinical achievements:

•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack for 8 Years in a Row (2005-2012)
•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2012
•Recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012)
•Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke in 2012
•Ranked #1 in MA for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke for 6 Years in a Row (2007-2012)
•Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
•Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services in 2012
•Ranked Among the Top 5 in MA for Overall Pulmonary Services for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
•Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2012
•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
•Recipient of the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ in 2012
•Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2012
•Ranked Among the Top 5 in MA for Critical Care for 5 Years in a Row (2008-2012)
•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis for 4 Years in a Row (2009-2012)
•Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2012


Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

•Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.

•Patients had, on average, were 63% less likely to experience inhospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an inhospital complication than the national average.

•If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.

•If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to 5-star hospitals for their procedure, 164,472 inhospital complications could have potentially been avoided.

About HealthGrades
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