BMC Receives Award For Defect-free Stroke Care

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center has received the Defect-Free Care Award from the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE), a voluntary statewide quality improvement collaborative administered by the Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH), that supports primary stroke service hospitals.

BMC was the first hospital in Western Mass. to be certified as a primary stroke service hospital. Defect-free care is achieved when every patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.

The SCORE Defect-Free Care Award recognizes hospitals that provided high-quality care to the majority of their stroke patients over a specific 12-month period. The number of SCORE hospitals eligible for this award has increased significantly since last year, resulting in many more patients receiving high-quality care.

“The outstanding staff in BMC’s comprehensive stroke program provides exceptional care to our community, as evidenced by this prestigious award from the DPH’s SCORE program, our ranking by HealthGrades as the number-one hospital in the state for stroke care services, and BMC’s seventh straight American Heart Assoc. Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement honor,” said Diane Kelly, BMC’s chief operating officer. “Each and every member of our care team can take great pride in this newest recognition. They help to save lives in our community every day.”

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.