PITTSFIELD — In a move that will help to ensure continued and expanded access to primary care and osteopathic health services in the region, Berkshire Osteopathic Health has joined the Berkshire Health Systems Physician Practice Group.
Berkshire Osteopathic Health includes Dr. Stephen Kisiel, and Dr. Mary Yee, and provides family-practice medicine and osteopathic manipulative services. The practice is now known as Berkshire Osteopathic Health of BMC, and will remain at its existing location in Pittsfield, with few if any noticeable changes for patients.
Changes in healthcare policy and in the health-insurance reimbursement system have challenged the viability of private physician practices. At the same time, healthcare systems like BHS are increasingly relied upon to ensure current and future access to critical services for the community by investing in physician practices and ensuring they have the necessary support systems and financial stability and investment to succeed in the long term.
By becoming part of the BHS physician practice group, Berkshire Osteopathic can not only continue to serve its patients, but has the enhanced ability to expand through the support of Berkshire Health Systems’ intensive physician-recruitment program. This effort has already succeeded in recruiting a new physician to the practice, who will begin serving patients this fall.
“The strength of our partnership with Berkshire Health Systems will allow us to continue to provide the highest-quality care for our community and gives us the support we need to maintain our services for the long term and, in fact, to expand care,” said Kisiel. “Healthcare has become increasingly complex, and private physician practices are faced with significant challenges that threaten their long-term viability. Becoming part of Berkshire Health Systems is good for our practice, our patients, and our community.”