NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) – The doors remain closed at North Adams Regional Hospital, and many residents in northern Berkshire County are becoming increasingly concerned about what that means for their health and safety.
The hospital closed on Friday morning, with its emergency room closing over the weekend, and nearly 500 people are out of work.
Residents had hoped that the ER would re-open on Monday, but that has been pushed back for at least a few days. Meanwhile, the closest hospital is more than 20 miles away in Pittsfield.
Stephen Blazejewski of Adams told 22News that he worries that people having emergencies will not be able to get the care they need in time.
“It’s a terrible thing for the community. Anywhere in northern Berkshire, from Savoy, Florida Mountain, to downtown North Adams, Adams, Williamstown. It’s just unfair,” Blazejewski said.
He told 22News that he hopes the hospital is taken over and can resume operations soon.
“It’s certainly a valuable hospital, and beneficial to everybody in the area,” he said.
22News reporter Juliana Mazza is in North Adams, and will have updates on WWLP.com and on 22News starting at 5.