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BMC and Fairview Honored for Cardiac and Stroke Care

Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital Recognized Nationally for Implementing Quality Cardiac Care: BMC One of four hospitals in US to Achieve Triple Gold Recognition

PITTSFIELD, MA — The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing Berkshire Medical Center for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients and Fairview Hospital for its performance in treating cardiac patients, using the association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program.

BMC is one of only four hospitals in the US to achieve Triple Gold recognition, for two or more consecutive years of Sustained Performance Achievement adherence in all three performance measures – coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. BMC has been recognized with seven consecutive Performance Achievement awards for outstanding performance in the care of patients with coronary artery disease, and is the only hospital in the nation so honored seven years running. BMC was also the first hospital in the United States to be honored with awards for stroke and heart failure, holding four consecutive yearly Performance Achievement awards for outstanding care of stroke patients and three consecutive yearly Performance Achievement awards for care of patients with heart failure.

Fairview Hospital has achieved a Gold Recognition for sustained performance of two years or more in all performance measures related to coronary artery disease.
BMC and Fairview join 518 other hospitals featured in an advertisement in the July 21st “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report. BMC is featured on the first page of the five page ad, along with three other hospitals, for its Triple Gold Recognition.

“Berkshire Medical Center leads nationally with more Performance Achievement Awards than any other hospital in our program,” said Michael Weamer, CAE, Executive Vice President, American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate.

GWTG is a hospital based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.

Upon meeting each module’s criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85 percent of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s recommendations.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognizes BMC’s commitment and success in performance achievement.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The program makes it easier for hospitals like Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients.”

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About GWTG:
Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. Experience has shown that 80,000 lives could be saved annually if the coronary artery disease (GWTG-CAD) module alone was implemented nationwide. For more information, visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.


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