The Berkshire Healthcare organization is extremely proud
of our own Healthcare Heroes:
CHRISTOPHER SAVINO | EMELINE BEAN | LYDIA BRISSON
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris, Emeline, and Lydia jumped into action without hesitation to help those affected by the illness. Their selflessness, superior care, and dedication to the Berkshire Healthcare Core Values went above and beyond. Thank you for your commitment to our mission of caring for those who are most vulnerable. We are honored and proud that you are part of our team.
To read more about their incredible contributions, read their feature on BusinessWest.
We’re so proud of the hard work our team does every day, and we are honored to recognize those that truly exemplify our core values by going above and beyond. Watch highlights from this year’s Profiles in Care award ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners, thank you for your commitment to excellence!
Berkshire Healthcare Systems, which provides long-term nursing and post-acute care in southeastern Massachusetts and across the state, has been awarded $82,500 to improve patient care and safety through enhanced technology. The Massachusetts e-Health Institute (MeHI) awarded the funds through the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP).
The grant will support electronic health record use at Berkshire Healthcare’s 14 long-term care facilities across Massachusetts, which have a total of 1,960 skilled nursing beds.
The MeHI award will support Berkshire Healthcare’s work to track patient care accurately to improve efficiency and protect patient safety. The multi-phase project includes technology advances, and extensive training and preparation of staff. The investment will help streamline care and reduce unnecessary costs.
“Berkshire Healthcare is very grateful to be included among those receiving funds,” said Kenneth Ward, Senior IT Director. “This will be tremendously helpful in our efforts to advance patient safety and system efficiency, furthering our work with clinical partners across the state.”
The rollout of electronic health record systems has already added improved systems to document care at the “point of service,” which assists with care planning and appropriate staffing. The next phase, beginning in November, will include infection control documentation and incident reporting, intended to improve patient safety.
Four of Berkshire Healthcare’s skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts have been named among the best in the state by U.S. News & World Report.
Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers, Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Peabody, and Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williamstown were among the 80 Massachusetts centers selected by the national magazine.
“We are honored to be included in the U.S. News list this year,” said William Jones, President of Berkshire Healthcare. “Our caregivers strive to provide the highest quality care and we are gratified that an unbiased assessment came to the same conclusion – that we are among the best in Massachusetts.”
U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide, across each state and in 100 major metropolitan areas. Just over 2,000 nursing homes earned the designation as a 2016-2017 U.S. News Best Nursing Home.