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Berkshire Medical Center Named Among Top 5% in Nation for Emergency Medicine:

March 28, 2012.

Patients Admitted to Top Hospitals for Emergency Medicine Have 40% Lower Death Rate

Pittsfield, MA – HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a hospital or physician, has named Berkshire Medical Center among the top five percent in the nation for Emergency Medicine, and has awarded BMC a HealthGrades 2012 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Berkshire Medical Center was one of only three hospitals in Massachusetts to receive this award.

“The exceptional care provided by our Emergency Medicine team serves as a shining example of the commitment to excellence that all of us at Berkshire Health Systems pledge to our community,” said David Phelps, President & CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “Our continuing investments in comprehensive programs and services provide our community with a continuum of care that national reviewers rank at the very top in our state and among the very best in the country. Our community expects and deserves no less than award-winning care.”

The Emergency Medicine findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

“Our physicians, nurses and staff are committed to the highest standards of care and excel in one of the most challenging environments in healthcare,” said Diane Kelly, RN, BMC Chief Operating Officer. “When a patient comes through the BMC Emergency Department, he or she can be assured they are going to receive the kind of care that is on par with the most prestigious medical centers in the nation. That’s our promise, and our staff delivers on that promise every day.”

“Berkshire Medical Center is in the forefront of high quality clinical care. Almost all of our initiatives in stroke, heart attack, sepsis and other life-threatening conditions begin in our Emergency Department,” said Gray Ellrodt, MD, BMC Chief Quality Officer. “Because they immediately provide the best possible care for our patients with these time-sensitive conditions our patients do better in the hospital and most important do much better over the long run.”

“It is imperative that anyone experiencing a medical emergency go directly to the closest hospital, especially in the event of a heart attack or stroke,” said Dr. Arshad Rahim, report author and Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence at HealthGrades. “That said, our findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can also make the difference between life and death. We encourage all patients to educate themselves about the quality of emergency medical providers in their area and to choose a top performing hospital whenever there is a choice.”

Earlier this year, Berkshire Medical Center received Pulmonary, Critical Care and Stroke Excellence Awards from HealthGrades, and was ranked #1 in Massachusetts for the treatment of stroke and #2 in the state for Critical Care. Berkshire was also ranked among the top 10% in the nation for critical, pulmonary, and stroke 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.

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

• Medicare patients treated at hospitals recognized with a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.52% lower risk of death compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

• If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence hospitals from 2008 through 2010, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization.

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