A group of western Massachusetts residents, hospital workers and community leaders are planning a bus trip to the Statehouse to press the governor and legislative leaders to help restore health care services at North Adams Hospital.
U.S. Congressman Richard Neal says work to restore emergency service to the Northern Berkshires continues after the March 28th closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.
Once an emergency facility is established, the Congressman wants the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to give it critical access designation, so it can receive increased federal reimbursements, Neal said on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.
Berkshire Medical Center provided the following updates on health care services in the Northern Berkshires following Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing by Northern Berkshire Healthcare on April 3. Approximately 530 people were employed by NBH.
Another weekly meeting is set for 5 o’clock today in North Adams following the closing of the area’s hospital March 28.
For the past two weeks community members, elected officials and union representatives have gathered to provide updates on the work to restore emergency services in the Northern Berkshires and offer support to the 530 former employees of Northern Berkshire Healthcare. David Schildmeier is with the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents about 100 of the former workers.
About a dozen of the 530 former NBH employees gathered outside the courthouse with banners saying “Save Our Hospital.” David Schildmeier is with the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents about 100 former NARH nurses.