Berkshire Bank receives eight marketing awards

Berkshire Bank has received eight financial marketing awards from the Financial Marketing Association. Awards from this organization are the oldest and most esteemed financial marking awards in New England.

Berkshire received six gold medals as community champion for overall philanthropic work; for civic involvement for its nationally acclaimed XTEAM Employee Volunteer Program; the deposit award for its Bank@Work products; the loan award for the Credit Cards For Whatever You Need campaign; the public relations award for the release of The Sum quarterly newsletter; and internal marketing awards for their internal employee communications, which include newsletter, email blasts and volunteer website.

The bank also received bronze medals in brand award for the unveiling of its X Identifier, and its work with Firestone Financial.


United Way seeking emergency applications

The Berkshire United Way, local administrator of Phase 33 Emergency Food and Shelter Program assistance, is seeking application from Berkshire organizations for that funding.

The National Board recently awarded Berkshire County $60,604 in Phase 33 EFSP assistance, which is administered through the Berkshire United Way.

Local organizations chosen to receive funds must be voluntary nonprofits with a voluntary board or units of government; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.


Applications must be submitted online and are due by midnight on July 25. They are available at www.ctkodm.com/berkshireunitedway.


BMC receives A grade for patient safety

Berkshire Medical Center is one of 798 hospitals nationwide to receive an 'A' grade for patient safety in the April 2016 Hospital Safety Scores, according to The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

BMC has received straight A scores from The Leapfrog Group since 2012, and is one of 98 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this consistent level of recognition.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.