Berkshire Health Systems Named Silver LearningElite Organization

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has been named a Silver LearningElite organization for 2014 by Chief Learning Officer magazine. Singled out for creating and implementing exemplary workforce-development practices that deliver measurable business value, Berkshire Health Systems ranked 37th among more than 200 companies participating in the prestigious annual benchmarking program. This is the second time BHS has been recognized with the honor, having achieved a LearningElite award in 2013.
A peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program developed in collaboration with chief learning officers and senior workforce-development practitioners, LearningElite has become a valuable industry-benchmarking tool. The program utilizes rigorous evaluation methodologies to objectively assess both the scope and value of participants’ learning and development practices and to rank the organizations based upon the execution and impact of these initiatives.
 “The LearningElite recognition symbolizes Berkshire Health Systems’ commitment to learning and represents our efforts in creating a learning organization,” said Matthew Painter, director of Leadership Development at BHS. “It requires a lot of hard work throughout the system to achieve this type of recognition, and everyone should be commended.”
According to Sarah Kimmel, director of research and advisory services for the Human Capital Media (HCM) Group, which publishes Chief Learning Officer, “a LearningElite organization has an aligned, precisely executed learning strategy that is backed by leadership commitment. It consistently delivers learning impact that fosters competitive advantage, drives business results, and makes a high-performing organization sustainable.”
This year, Chief Learning Officer received a record-breaking number of applications from “progressive, proactive, performance-oriented organizations around the world,” said Norm Kamikow, HCM president and editor in chief. “The 58 organizations that achieved LearningElite status stood out as true innovators in enterprise education. Chief Learning Officer is proud to acknowledge their impact and impressive accomplishments.”