Pittsfield: BMC joins Get With the Guidelines
Berkshire Medical Center has joined the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines-AFIB. The initiative is a quality improvement program created to help hospital teams consistently provide the latest guideline-based treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation. As a GWTG-AFIB participating hospital, BMC is developing a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of AF patients that includes appropriate use of safe anticoagulants to prevent stroke and heart-rate controlling medications to prevent heart failure.
BMC is also increasing its efforts to identify those patients who have AF, using GWTG-AFIB protocols for treatment, monitoring tools and patient education. Through GWTG-AFIB, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides BMC training in the program’s patient management tool and the opportunity to track performance against the guidelines and national benchmarks.
Pittsfield: Berkshire Bank wins Telly Award
Berkshire Bank has been named a bronze winner in the 35th annual Telly Awards competition, which honors local, regional and cable television commercials and programs; video and film productions; and online commercials, video and films. Berkshire was honored for its piece, "Life is Exciting. Let Us Help," which included 30- and 60-second animated spots that were developed by the bank.