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Healthgrades Recognizes BMC for Specialty Care
January 7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Berkshire Medical Center Recognized by Healthgrades for Joint Replacement and Pulmonary Excellence: Achieves High Ratings in Several Specialties

PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshire Medical Center has been recognized for excellence in Joint Replacement and Pulmonary Care by Healthgrades, the leading national online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. For the second year in a row, BMC is a recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award and ranked among Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement.

BMC has also received, for the eighth consecutive year, the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award. In addition, BMC achieved numerous 5-star rankings for the treatment of illnesses and surgical procedures. A 5-star rating indicates that Berkshire Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

BMC’s Joint Replacement Surgery and Pulmonary Care services are among the top 5% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality/complications, according to the evaluation from Healthgrades. Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“We are proud of the exceptional quality of care our physicians, nurses and staff deliver to our community in all specialties,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “The consistent excellent outcomes achieved by BMC and our clinicians and staff give our community confidence that the care they receive right here at home is equal to or better than the most elite hospitals in the nation.”

These achievements are part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care may have a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Berkshire Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

“The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “Hospitals with superior outcomes for certain aspects of care may not perform as well in other areas. Moreover, a major metropolitan area may have many hospitals, but only a few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care.”

BMC also achieved Healthgrades 5-star ratings for:
Critical Care
o Sepsis – 8 years in a row
o Respiratory Failure – 5 years in a row
o Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies
Orthopedics
o Total Knee Replacement – 3 years in a row
o Total Hip Replacement – 2 years in a row
o Hip Fracture Treatment – 4 years in a row
Pulmonary
o Pneumonia – 8 years in a row
o COPD – 5 years in a row

Other Healthgrades honors achieved by BMC include:
o Critical Care Excellence Award (2012-2015)
o Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care (2012-2015)
o Women’s Health Excellence Award (2013-2015)
o Top 10% in the Nation for Women’s Health (2013-2015)
o Bariatric Surgery Five-Star Recipient (2014-2015)

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit http://www.healthgrades.com or download the Healthgrades iPhone app.

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