Northern Berkshire Healthcare

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It’s been one year since the abrupt closing of North Adams Regional Hospital shocked the region.

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It’s been just over six months since North Adams Regional Hospital closed, leaving the area without emergency care and putting more than 500 people out of work.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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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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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.

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Berkshire Medical Center has put in a $4 million bid for the former North Adams Regional Hospital. The bid also includes other facilities previously owned by bankrupt Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

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Work toward restoration of healthcare services in North Berkshire is progressing more than four weeks after the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. In the meantime, the wellness center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will open as an acute care center for the public.

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The emergency room at the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital could re-open within a month under an agreement with Berkshire Health Systems.

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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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At an Earth Day event in Springfield, Massachusetts U.S. Congressman Richard Neal says restoring emergency services to the Northern Berkshires is a priority.

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About 70 people traveled to Beacon Hill Tuesday advocating for the restoration of healthcare services in the Northern Berkshires.

“We are in the westernmost, northernmost remote part of the state and we need to be heard,” said Massachusetts Nurses Association associate director Jim Gander on the bus to Boston Tuesday.

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About 70 people traveled to Beacon Hill Tuesday advocating for the restoration of healthcare services in the Northern Berkshires.

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Two court cases this week may clear up uncertainty over the immediate future of emergency services in the Northern Berkshires. North Adams Regional Hospital has been closed since March 28. A hearing on a temporary restraining order allowing Berkshire Medical Center to operate a satellite emergency facility in the region continues Tuesday.

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Community members held a forum in North Adams, Massachusetts this morning to talk about the region’s changing healthcare climate following the March 28th closure of North Adams Regional 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.

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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.

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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.

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A status hearing was held in Springfield Monday afternoon for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Northern Berkshire Healthcare. The now-defunct company closed North Adams Regional Hospital March 28.

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.

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An attorney has been appointed to oversee the liquidated assets of Northern Berkshire Healthcare. The parent company of North Adams Regional Hospital filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy Thursday. The hospital has been closed since March 28.

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Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on last week’s sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital and the ongoing work to restore emergency services in the region.

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Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick is coming to North Adams to learn more about the closing of the city’s hospital and steps being taken to restore medical services.

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