berkshire medical center

Andrew Schulman
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Being in a hospital intensive care unit is unsettling to say the least. Commotion, alarms and PA systems are part of the chaos. So the sounds of a guitar would seem out of place…but are they? WAMC reports on a musician and a doctor who think just the opposite.

Facebook: Berkshire Medical Center

A Pittsfield hospital was briefly placed on lockdown Saturday after an armed suspect fleeing police entered the complex.

This is a picture of Berkshire Medical Center's sign
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Like much of the country, western Massachusetts is dealing with a substantial increase in opioid and substance abuse that is taxing existing services. Now two area care providers are seeking to expand their capabilities to deal with the epidemic.

This is a picture of Berkshire Medical Center's sign
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently approved a 30-bed long-term recovery unit for people suffering from opioid and substance abuse addiction in Pittsfield. It will be the only unit of its kind in Berkshire County.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. is in the midst of a $4.5 million overhaul of its mental health units.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Health Systems today announced a new care program for people in Northern Berkshire County who saw the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March 2014.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

A group of western Massachusetts hospitals has received funding to improve behavioral health treatment in the state.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center picketed outside the Pittsfield hospital this afternoon. They say the hospital is not properly staffed for a patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March. The hospital continues to refute the claims.

Facebook: Berkshire Medical Center

Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center are planning an informational picket next week. They say the Pittsfield hospital is not properly staffed for a patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. The hospital is refuting the claims.

Facebook: Berkshire Medical Center

Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center are planning an informational picket next week claiming the Pittsfield hospital is not properly staffed for a 20 percent patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. BMC is refuting the claims saying the increase is closer to 10 percent. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center is restoring mammography services to Northern Berkshire County following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March. The department will be fully operational December 1st.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Over the course of two days, it’s been announced that $9 million has been allocated for healthcare services and improvements at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, which abruptly closed in March. Berkshire Health Systems now owns the site after the hospital’s parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare filed for bankruptcy in April.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

One day after announcing it will invest $6 million to upgrade and expand outpatient services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, Berkshire Medical Center has been awarded $3 million by the state of Massachusetts to further aid the region.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire Health Systems will invest $6 million to expand services and improve the former North Adams Regional Hospital. The hospital abruptly closed in March. Parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare filed bankruptcy days later.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire Health Systems has finalized its purchase of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts has opened a center in North Adams dedicated to helping the hundreds of people who lost their jobs when North Adams Regional Hospital and its affiliates closed in March.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

People in northern Berkshire County plan to sign a letter urging Massachusetts to provide public access to a report that could determine what healthcare in the region looks like six months after the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

An agreement between Williams College and a local ambulance service announced Tuesday is the latest in a changing regional healthcare landscape marked by the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March.

facebook

With the semester starting August 25th, Williams College and Village Ambulance Service, Inc. have reached an agreement to provide on-call transportation for students needing to get to non-emergent medical appointments.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A federal bankruptcy court judge has approved Berkshire Medical Center’s bid to buy the former North Adams Regional Hospital which abruptly closed in March. BMC hopes to finalize the sale in August.

wikipedia.org

Berkshire Medical Center has lost its bid to have its general surgery residency program reinstated.

The Pittsfield-based hospital has lost its general surgery residency accreditation following a site visit last April that found documentation deficiencies. Program eligibility is determined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME.

Paul Hopkins / Formerly of Northern Berkshire Healthcare

Berkshire Medical Center is now running an imaging center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the same location where radiology services were provided before North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th. Pittsfield-based Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency facility at the campus in May.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s meeting in North Adams as area residents explained what healthcare services they need. The region is currently served by a satellite emergency facility following the March closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The firm hired by Massachusetts to determine the healthcare needs of northern Berkshire County is holding a public comment meeting Tuesday in North Adams. The area is being served by an emergency satellite facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, which closed in March.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A July court hearing has been scheduled to potentially finalize the sale of the former North Adams Regional Hospital facility. It abruptly closed March 28th. Parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy six days later putting more than 500 people out of work.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was in Lee Monday morning to break ground on a road construction project. The Democrat also answered questions about healthcare in Northern Berkshire following the March 28th closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center is operating a satellite emergency facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital. NARH has been closed since March 28th.

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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has released a report stating a full-service hospital in Northern Berkshire County is financially feasible, after North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th.

MNA says its researchers reviewed the hospital’s IRS filings from 2002 to 2012. David Schildmeier is the union’s spokesman.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center is opening a public walk-in care center at the student health facility at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams at 5 o’clock today.

The walk-in center will be open daily from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. for adults 18 years or older needing non-emergent care. MCLA President Mary Grant.

Pages