PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington have been recognized as top performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, one of the country's leading accrediting organizations for hospitals.

BMC was recognized as a top performer in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Fairview was honored as a top performer for pneumonia and surgical care. Both hospitals are managed by Berkshire Health Systems.

BMC and Fairview were among 1,099 hospitals in the US, out of 3,300 surveyed, to receive Top Performer status from the Joint Commission for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. They were also among 18 hospitals in Massachusetts to receive Top Performer honors.

Hospitals recognized in 2013 as Joint Commission Top Performers must achieve performance of 95 percent or higher composite score on all the accountability measures reported to The Joint Commission in calendar year 2012, and had to exceed a 95 percent score for every reported measure. The 95 percent mark means a hospital provided evidence-based care in 95 percent or more of cases.