Massachusetts Nurses Association

New England News
6:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

BMC Nurses Picket Claiming Unsafe Staffing Levels

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.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Union Nurses Set To Picket Over Staffing Levels, Work Environment At BMC

Credit 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.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Nurses Planning Picket At BMC Over Staffing Levels

Credit 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. 

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New England News
3:42 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Northern Berkshire Community Requesting Public Access To Healthcare Report

Berkshire Medical Center has been running an emergency satellite facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital since May.
Credit 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.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Nurses Union: Full-Service Hospital Viable in N. Berkshire; Poor Management Led To NARH Closure

North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th.
Credit 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

The MNA says its researchers reviewed IRS and bankruptcy filings by the hospital’s parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare over the past decade. David Schildmeier is the union’s spokesman.

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New England News
5:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Mass. Nurses Assoc. Report: Full-Service Hospital Viable In Northern Berkshire

North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th.
Credit 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.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

MNA Continues Push For Full-Service Hospital In Northern Berkshires

North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A hearing continues Thursday on the bankruptcy status of Northern Berkshire Healthcare, the parent company of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital. About 20 former employees and members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association plan to attend the hearing in Springfield.

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New England News
1:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

People Occupying North Adams Regional Hospital Trying To Prevent Closure

North Adams Regional Hospital is scheduled to close Friday, March 28.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

People in North Adams are rallying at North Adams Regional Hospital trying to prevent tomorrow’s scheduled closing.

Following a meeting Wednesday night at the American Legion and a protest outside the hospital this morning, roughly 30 community members are occupying the hospital cafeteria.  David Schildmeier is with the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents about 100 nurses at the hospital.

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New England News
4:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Mass. Hospitals, Nurses Spar Over Ballot Question

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Massachusetts hospitals are facing off against the state's top nurses' union over a ballot question that would set nurse-patient ratios.

Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas told the Health Care Financing Committee on Monday that patients in Massachusetts already receive among the highest quality of care in the nation and that more nurses won't guarantee improved care.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Northern Berkshire Healthcare To Close Psychiatric Unit

Massachusetts Nurses Association's Jim Gander, who represents nurses at North Adams Regional Hospital, speaks to community members at Tuesday's public forum at American Legion Post 91 in North Adams.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Despite opposition from community members, Northern Berkshire Healthcare will move forward with plans to close its psychiatric and pediatric units.

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