Berkshire Health Systems will run the satellite ER, which replaces the one that shut down when North Adams Regional Hospital closed.
North Adams Regional Hospital has been closed for almost a month, leaving many Berkshire County residents without nearby emergency care and hundreds without jobs. One ranking Massachusetts state senator says the future is bleak for similar small hospitals.
Berkshire Medical Center would operate the emergency room and buy the now-vacant hospital under an agreement announced Thursday.
Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says the pace of the federal permitting process to re-open the former North Adams Regional Hospital is frustratingly slow.
Alan Sager has documented the trends of hospital closings in Massachusetts and nationally for decades.
In a statement, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says that since there’s no funding available to run the hospital safely, she will not object to closing the ER over the weekend.
Updated at 11:40 p.m. Attorney General Martha Coakley, who grew up in North Adams, had asked for a temporary injunction to keep the ER operating.
An overflow crowd shared stories of receiving treatment at the North Adams Regional Hospital, praised its employees, and strategized to avert the planned closing.
Patrick said his public health department worked through the weekend to try to find a solution. And he thought they had one right up until Tuesday, when the board of Northern Berkshire Healthcare announced it was shutting down come Friday.
The statement says the hospital, its hospice and related offices will close Friday. Its 530 employees will receive layoff notices and assistance in filing for unemployment.