Berkshire Medical Center Earns Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital Award

PITTSFIELD — Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) was named a Top Teaching Hospital nationally by the Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by the Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard setters for healthcare safety and quality.

Berkshire Medical Center is one of only four Massachusetts hospitals honored with a Top Teaching Hospital award and the only one in Western Mass. This is the second time in a row Leapfrog has awarded BMC a Top Teaching Hospital recognition.

“Berkshire Medical Center has a long history of providing safe and high-quality care to our community,” said Dr. James Lederer, Berkshire Health Systems’ chief medical officer and chief quality officer. “The Top Teaching Hospitals are measured by a rigorous set of standards, including ICU physician staffing, receiving an ‘A’ grade in the Leapfrog Patient Safety ratings, having high standards for high-risk surgeries and procedures, and others. We are proud of our providers and support staff for this continuing recognition of their excellence in patient care.”

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors.

“We are pleased to recognize Berkshire Medical Center as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshire Medical Center has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent healthcare in the Berkshire County community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff, and clinicians who put their patients first.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit