Berkshire Health Systems honored with "Putting the Berkshires on the Map" award

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PITTSFIELD -- 1Berkshire, the county's designated economic development agency, recently honored the 2014 winners of the Berkshire Trendsetter Awards at the fourth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event.

More than 275 people attended the event, which took place at Pittsfield Municipal Airport.

The Trendsetter Awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals whose outstanding achievements and commitment have strengthened the economy and helped the Berkshires grow.

In addition to the awards, Berkshire Health Systems, the county's largest employer, was recognized as a special honoree for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map." BHS has served as a national leader in quality health care, and recently invested $30 million in Berkshire Medical Center's new state-of-the-art cancer center.

At the culmination of the event, BHS President and CEO David Phelps accepted a one-of-hand crafted sculpture donated by Lauren Clark Fine Art, of Great Barrington.

Among the award winners, LympheDIVAs received the award in the Creative and Innovation category for filling a void in the medical device industry through their development of fashionable, medically correct compression garments for women suffering from lymphedema.

No. Six Roastery and Cafe received the Newcomer of the Year award for turning an old train station in West Stockbridge into a thriving cafe that also serves as a community center.

Berkshire United Way was named Nonprofit of the Year for its slate of community programming that has created sustained improvements in several fields.

The Briarcliff Motel in Great Barrington received the Public Relations Trendsetter award for attracting editorial interest from traditional media and using online and social sites to build interest.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock received the Overall Marketing award for implementing a successful year-round marketing campaign.

Pete White, of Pittsfield, was named Young Professional Making a Difference for his collaborative vision for Berkshire County and desire to focus on the big picture while remaining involved in numerous neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Berkshire Community College received the Growing & Advancing the Berkshire Economy award for its leadership in promoting the future of manufacturing in the Berkshires, and its collaboration on workforce training efforts with educational institutions and businesses.


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