Emergency room back open in northern Berkshire County

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) – A place to go if you need emergency medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Northern Berkshire County residents once again have an emergency room right here in their neighborhood.

About 40,000 northern Berkshire County residents can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

“It puts you on pins and needles because you never know what’s going to happen,” North Adams resident Anita Konopka said.

“I mean it’s a lot better than going all the way to Vermont or Pittsfield because some people just don’t have time for that,” John Casuselli of North Adams said.

On March 28th, Northern Berkshire Healthcare, the parent company of the North Adams Regional Hospital closed the facility completely. The Board of Trustees said they could not afford to maintain and operate the community hospital.

Ramona LaValley of North Adams told 22News “We were disappointed when it did close. It was a shocker. We are so happy it’s open again.”

On Monday, Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency room in North Adams.

Berkshire Health Systems Spokesman Michael Leary said “If you’re suffering from a cardiac incident, you could come here. You’d be stabilized before you’re transferred to another facility. Just about any other incident you could be brought to this facility and treated.”

BMC has also placed a bid to buy the hospital building. But that sale may not be finalized until July.

Now the state Department of Public Health will assess the medical needs in northern Berkshire County, and based on that study, Berkshrie Medical Center will decide if they need to open a fully functioning hospital in North Adams.

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