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BMC & Fairview Honored Nationally by CareChex
February 4, 2013

For Immediate Release

BMC Ranked Among Top 5% of Hospitals in US by CareChex® for Overall Medical Care and Overall Hospital Care: Fairview Ranks Nationally in Patient Satisfaction and is #1 in State

Berkshire Health Systems hospitals achieved high rankings nationally and in Massachusetts by CareChex®, a national medical quality rating service. Berkshire Medical Center was ranked among the Top 5% of Hospitals in the Nation for both Overall Hospital Care and Overall Medical Care. BMC was ranked # 118 in the US for Overall Medical Care and #118 for Overall Hospital Care, among 3,785 hospitals. BMC was also among the Top 100 Hospitals in the US for Pulmonary Care, Pneumonia Care and Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Care. BMC also ranked highly in a number of other categories of Medical Excellence and Patient Safety.

Fairview Hospital was ranked in the Top 100 in the Nation and #1 in Massachusetts for Patient Satisfaction for Overall Hospital Care, Overall Medical Care and Overall Surgical Care for the second year in a row.

“These incredible achievements by BMC and Fairview are a testament to the continual emphasis we place on quality, and the commitment we have made to our community to provide the best care possible right here in the Berkshires,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “These important rankings compiled by an independent national organization show that our patients receive care that is on a par with the most prestigious medical centers in the nation. The entire staff of Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital can be justifiably proud of the care they provide to our community.”

BMC also achieved Top 10% in Massachusetts Medical Excellence citations for Overall Hospital Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care and Heart Failure Treatment. For Patient Safety, BMC was ranked by CareChex among the Top 10% Nationally for Heart Failure Treatment, Hip Fracture Repair, Neurological Care, Pneumonia Care and Stroke Care.

Dr. Thane Forthman, managing principal at The Delta Group commented, "CareChex allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care provided by hospitals. We are pleased to acknowledge that Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital have both achieved an exceptionally high level of performance across all components of medical quality. Berkshire Health System's quality performance is a benchmark that other hospitals and health systems should seek to emulate."

In compiling the rankings, CareChex measured nationally available data on mortality rates, complication rates, inpatient quality, core process, patient safety and patient satisfaction.

CareChex is a medical quality rating service of The Delta Group, the nation's largest privately-held healthcare information service company. CareChex provides clinical, financial, and patient satisfaction findings to consumers, providers, and purchasers of U.S. medical care. Unlike other publicly available hospital quality ratings, CareChex provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, outcomes of care, and patient experiences.

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