The Pittsfield-based hospital system has already been operating services in the building for a couple months.
Alcombright says North Adams has no reserve funds left, and he will seek a property tax increase later this year.
This is a stopgap measure before the week of May 19th, when Berkshire Medical Center is scheduled to open a satellite ER in the North Adams hospital building.
Berkshire Medical Center would operate the emergency room and buy the now-vacant hospital under an agreement announced Thursday.
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.
Alan Sager has documented the trends of hospital closings in Massachusetts and nationally for decades.
Massachusetts’ Distressed Hospital Fund was developed two years ago when lawmakers were hammering out the health care cost containment law. The fund holds about $128 million.
Coakley, who grew up in North Adams, made the comments Tuesday afternoon outside the mayor’s office.
City officials say emergency service has been restored to the western Massachusetts town of North Adams approximately 11 hours after towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed.
An overflow crowd shared stories of receiving treatment at the North Adams Regional Hospital, praised its employees, and strategized to avert the planned closing.
There’s another storm bound for New England this weekend, but – for most – there’s a break in the snow today. That’s opened up a window of opportunity for the busiest folks on Valentine’s Day.
Governor Deval Patrick says the voters of western Massachusetts should insist that their next governor become a frequent visitor.
Some Massachusetts students looking to land the next generation manufacturing jobs will have assistance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
One city’s loss is another’s gain as a signature Berkshire County business plans to buy a Maine company and bring some of its jobs to North Adams.