Berkshire Health Systems’ 4 million dollar bid for the former North Adams Regional Hospital has been approved by a bankruptcy court in Springfield.
For the past couple months, Berkshire Health Systems of Pittsfield has already been operating an emergency department, diagnostic imaging, and other services in the building. This followed the sudden closing of the North Adams hospital in March. BHS spokesperson Michael Leary says there were no other bidders, despite an extensive search by hospital trustees.
“The health care industry and market is going through adjustments right now,” Leary says, “and it’s not easy for any healthcare provider at this time, and that may have dissuaded other providers from bidding in the process.”
Leary says Berkshire Health Systems is now working with consultants hired by the state to determine how many additional medical services northern Berkshire county can sustain. Barring any legal appeal, Leary says the building sale should be final in late August.