Kimball Farms Lifecare hosts lecture by Oscar A. Hammerstein III on Aug. 17

Kimball Farms Lifecare in Lenox will host a lecture by Oscar A. Hammerstein III, grandson of famed lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at Kimball Farms. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 413-637-7000 by Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Mr. Hammerstein’s talk, entitled “The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family,” covers the century-long story of one of Broadway’s most creative and productive families beginning with Oscar Hammerstein I, described as a “successful cigar and real estate mogul” who funded his theatre-building ambitions. The talk follows the family’s accomplishments through to Oscar Hammerstein II, who co-wrote the stories and words to such Broadway shows as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and The Sound of Music.

Mr. Hammerstein is a painter, writer, lecturer and family historian who has devoted much of his life to studying and preserving his family’s heritage and their contribution to American culture. He lectures frequently at universities, institutes, and theatrical and civic organizations on his family’s role in shaping the development of musical theatre and popular entertainment from the 1860’s to the present.

Berkshire Healthcare facilities awarded electronic health record funds

DANVERS AND PEABODY, MASS. – Berkshire Healthcare Systems, which provides long-term nursing and post-acute care on the North Shore and across Massachusetts, 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). North Shore affiliates that will benefit include Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation in Danvers and Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Peabody.

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.

Berkshire Healthcare is a leader among not-for-profit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts, and owns or operates 14 rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts; Kimball Farms, a life care, continuing care retirement community in Lenox, Mass.; Linda Manor Assisted Living in Northampton; HospiceCare in The Berkshires and Hospice of Franklin County for those with life-limiting illnesses; IntegriNurse, specializing in the placement of nursing staff in facilities across Massachusetts; and IntegriScript, Berkshire Healthcare’s institutional pharmacy which serves Berkshire affiliates. Berkshire Healthcare’s skilled nursing centers provide around-the-clock nursing care and patient-centered rehabilitation services, short-term rehabilitation, and post-acute and long-term care. Berkshire Healthcare is managed by an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, the leading provider of comprehensive health care services in the Berkshires. For more information visit

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