Nurse’s union argues hospital closure was avoidable

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP)–  In response to the North Adams Regional Hospital closure, the state’s nurses association has now released a detailed financial analysis of Northern Berkshire Health records.

The full report from the Massachusetts Nurses Association looks at the need for a full-service hospital in the North Adams region and argues the North Adams Regional Hospital was bringing in enough money to stay open.

The hospital closed its doors at the end of March this year with only three days warning… instead of the required 90 day notice to employees.

The MNA says the hospital was making millions of dollars in profits on outpatient, inpatient, and emergency services between 2000 and 2012, and that a series of poor management decisions during that time is what ultimately doomed the hospital.

But during the time the hospital closed, SEIU Union Spokesperson Jeff Hall told 22News that 46 percent of the hospital’s patients were on Medicare and that the state only reimburses the hospital about 66-cents for every dollar of care provided, leaving the hospital with a gap that can be filled only through donations.

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