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Emergency services returning to North Adams

Updated: 05/16/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 11:01 AM WNYT.com
By: Ben Gorenstein

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Emergency services are returning to North Adams.

On Friday morning, Berkshire Medical Center announced plans to open an emergency facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.

The facility will open at noon on Monday, May 19. It will provide critical and non-critical care 24/7. However, the new facility will not offer inpatient care like the former hospital did.

Instead, patients will still need to be transferred to other area hospitals for further care or surgery.

More than 500 people lost their jobs when financial problems forced the hospital to shut down earlier this year.

About 150 workers have been hired by Berkshire Medical Center to run the new satellite emergency facility, as well as physicians practices formerly run by North Adams Regional Hospital under Berkshire Medical Center, the VNA and Hospice, and support positions required for all those.

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