Pittsfield: Businesses receive BCARC awards

Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, Blue Q and ITAM Lodge #564 received Employer Special Recognition Awards at Berkshire County Arc’s 59th annual meeting last month.

Those three businesses have hired and maintained individuals in their workforces for the past 20 years.

The Business Partnership Award was presented to The Reading Institute on behalf of Zip ‘n Sort Mail Services. The Reading Institute was the first customer of Zip ‘n Sort when it opened 25 years ago, and they have continued to maintain a strong partnership.

Megan Anello received the Citizen Advocate of the Year award; Ray Puchalski the Citizenship Award; and Robert Bixler the Carol Craighead Mission Award.

The Outstanding Vocational Services Award was presented to David Donovan; the Outstanding Brain Injury Services Employee award to Julie Sanchez; the Outstanding Advocacy & Family Support Employee award to Amy Robant; the Outstanding Administrative Employee award to Michelle Baity; and the Outstanding Day Program Employee award to Patricia Agudo.

Berkshire County Arc is a nonprofit human services organization offering a broad range of community-based services to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden counties.

North Adams: NARH recognized as top performer

North Adams Regional Hospital has been recognized as a "Top Performer Hospital" by the Joint Commission, the national health care accrediting organization.

NARH is one of only 18 hospitals in Massachusetts to achieve Top Performer status, and was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, and stroke and venous thromboembolism. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

Hospitals recognized as top performers had to achieve cumulative performance scores of 95 percent, and had to achieve performance scores of 95 percent or better on every reportable accountability measure where there were at least 30 patients treated. The designation for NARH is based on the hospital’s performance related to accountability measures for treatment of heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care and congestive heart failure.