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Berkshire Medical Center Recognized for Stroke Care

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center received the Defect-free Care Award and three additional stroke-care honors from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Defect-free care is achieved when a patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines. 

The Coverdell Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that, from the period of January 2018 to December 2018, provided defect-free care to 90% or more of their stroke patients by utilizing all of the interventions for which each patient was eligible. The number of Coverdell hospitals providing defect-free care to the majority of their patients has increased significantly over the last six years, resulting in many more patients receiving high-quality care. 

In addition, BMC was recognized by the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program for Dysphagia Screening greater than or equal to 95%, the Modified Rankin Scale greater than or equal to 85% and the NIH Stroke Scale Rate of at least 95%. All were based on data from 2018.

“Our stroke-care team at Berkshire Medical Center is proud that our hard work and passion for providing great care was recognized by these prestigious awards from the DPH’s Paul Coverdell Acute Stroke Program,” said Dr. Gray Ellrodt, chair of Medicine and chief Quality officer. “We strive to provide exceptional care to all of our patients.” 

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth and a leading cause of adult disability, so immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.