New England News
1:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

BMC Satellite Emergency Facility To Open Monday

Berkshire Medical Center will open a satellite emergency facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital at noon May 19th.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center will open a satellite emergency facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital at noon Monday. NARH has been closed since March 28th.

The center will treat critical and noncritical emergent needs and offer diagnostic imaging, CT scanning, X-Ray and some lab testing —   but no inpatient or surgical services will be provided.

“Depending on the nature or severity of the injury or illness a patient may be treated initially at the facility and then might need to be transferred for further care to an appropriate hospital,” said BMC spokesman Michael Leary.

Many of the 150 former Northern Berkshire Healthcare employees hired by BMC will staff the facility. BMC will operate the center for at least a year while it works to finalize a $4 million purchase of the entire facility. Leary says BMC will decide whether to keep an interim walk-in center on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts open after Monday.