Talks continue on closed North Adams Regional Hospital

BOSTON (WWLP) – North Adams Regional Hospital filed for bankruptcy last week, but lawmakers aren’t giving up on the Berkshire County hospital just yet. 22News spoke with state officials about what’s being done to re-open its doors.

Leaders on Beacon Hill are still working closely with Berkshire Health Systems to re-open the facility. There has been a series of meetings following North Adams Regional Hospital’s decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. The Attorney General and the Department of Health and Human Services are still working closely with Berkshire Medical Center to re-open to the facility despite dire financial issues.

“We believe that the bankruptcy filing should not negatively impact what we’re trying to do,” said Secretary John Polanowicz. “The Attorney General is looking at what her options are in terms of continuing the temporary restraining order or not.”

Secretary Polanowicz also told 22News that Berkshire Medical Center has requested emergency services and outpatient diagnostics imaging services to be restored to the facility. He says these two elements are crucial to the people of northern Berkshire County.

Bankruptcy trustees for North Adams Regional Hospital were in meetings Monday. Polanowicz said he will be speaking with the trustees, the Attorney General and Berkshire Medical Center Monday night for updates on whether the hospital will be re-opened.

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