Two Weeks After Hospital Closure, Some In North Adams Rehired – But ER Remains Shuttered

It’s been nearly two weeks since the hospital in North Adams, Massachusetts abruptly closed. Legal wrangling continues over the fate of the facility…but another Berkshire County medical provider says many services are intact.

Some 530 full and part-time jobs were at stake with the shutdown of Northern Berkshire Healthcare, which owned North Adams Regional Hospital.

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield says it’s hired 143 of those employees. About a 100 for permanent positions and the rest on 90-day contracts.

Home care and hospice services continue without interruption, according to a statement from the company. Local family medicine and OB-GYN practices continue to see patients, and lab services are available.

Still unsettled: emergency care around North Adams. Berkshire Medical Center is trying to open what it calls a “satellite emergency facility.”

A spokesperson says the time-frame is still uncertain, as is the location. That’s among the issues under discussion in bankruptcy court proceedings for the now-defunct Northern Berkshire Healthcare.