HealthGrades Recognizes BMC for Stroke Treatment

PITTSFIELD — A report released by HealthGrades, an independent source of hospital quality ratings, named Berkshire Medical Center number one in Massachusetts for the treatment of stroke for the second year in a row. BMC was also ranked among the top 5{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} in the nation for stroke and pulmonary care and among the top 10{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} for critical care.

As a result, BMC has received the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for the third year in a row, the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the fourth year running, and the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award for the first time. BMC was ranked number two in Massachusetts for critical care. In addition, it was recognized with five-star ratings in the treatment of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, overall pulmonary services, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, sepsis, and respiratory failure.

The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at five-star-rated hospitals experience a 73{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} lower risk of mortality and a 63{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} lower risk of complications compared to one-star-rated hospitals.

“BMC’s continual commitment to providing the highest level of care for our community is reflected in this latest national recognition achieved by our physicians, clinicians, and staff,” said David Phelps, president of Berkshire Health Systems. “These national honors from independent ratings organizations like HealthGrades and many others are validation that our quality in providing key services to our community is exceptional, and the people we serve in the Berkshire community can rely on receiving the best care here at home.”

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades CEO. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Berkshire Medical Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”