Thursday September 27, 2012

Berkshires: National hospital guide out Friday

The 2013 edition of the AHA Guide, an American Hospital Association publication that contains comprehensive information on 6,500 hospitals and 400 plus health care systems, networks and alliances, will be released on Friday.

The new edition also includes chief nursing officer contact information, and codes that indicate the existence of pediatric emergency departments and psychiatric residential treatment facilities in hospitals. The guide is also available in a CD format that allows limited electronic search.

Founded in 1898, the AHA is a nonprofit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities.

Info: (800) AHA-2626, or www.AHADDataViewer.com.

Williamstown: True North to open in Bennington

True North Financial Services, a division of Hoosac Bank, has opened an office in Bennington, Vt., President Rob Abel has announced.

The new office is located at 355 Main St. It is managed by Shawn Leonard, a native of Southern Vermont, who recently returned to the area. True North opened the office to better serve its clients who live in the Bennington area.

True North is also associated with MountainOne Financial Partners, which is headquartered in North Adams.


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Pittsfield: BMC, Fairview Hospital earn honors

Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital, both operated by Berkshire Health Systems, have been recognized as top performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Com mission, one of the nation's leading accrediting organizations.

BMC was recognized as a top performer in health attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Fairview was honored for pneumonia and surgical care.

The two hospitals were among the top 18 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data, and are two of only 10 hospitals in Massa chusetts to achieve Top Performer recognition. In all, 620 hospitals across the country received top performer honors across the country.

Hospitals recognized as Joint Commission Top Performers much achieve performance of 95 percent, or higher composite score of all the accountability measures that were reported to the Joint Commission in the 2011 calendar year, and had to exceed a 95 percent score for each reported measure. A 95 percent mark means a hospital provided evidence-based care in 95 percent or more cases.