Great Barrington: Advocate to be honored at gala

Local philanthropist and community advocate Barbara Manring has been selected as the honoree for the Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s 2014 gala.

She will be honored at this year’s gala celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18.

A supporter of Berkshire South since it opened in 2002, Manring has served the center as a member of the board of trustees, as a staff member (fitness trainer), as co-chair of the annual appeal task force, and as co-chair of the Fairy Tale Ball that honors founded Edward Jaffe. She currently sits on the Fund Development Committee.

For information on Berkshire South, call (413) 528-2810, or go to www.berkshiresouth.org.

Lee: Family Practice recognized as a PCMH

Lee Family Practice, the newest site of Community Health Programs, has been recognized as a "Patient-Centered Medical Home," by the National Committee of Quality Assurance.

A PCMH is a way of organizing primary medical care that emphasizes care coordination and communication. The goal is to create a more effective relationship between the providers and the patients.

"This is a major achievement for Lee Family Practice, CHP, and the community which is due in large part to the vision of Dr. Michael Kaplan and the hard work and of our providers and staff," said CHP’s CEO Bryan Ayars.

CHP is a nonprofit federally qualified health center providing primary care, dental services and family services to residents of Berkshire County, with sites in Great Barrington, Lee and Pittsfield.