More than 500 people losing jobs as North Adams hospital closes
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) - The company that owns North Adams Regional
Hospital and related medical services in the western Massachusetts town says it
is closing them beginning Friday.
The Berkshire Eagle reported Tuesday
the closings will leave 530 full- and part-time workers without jobs and
thousands of patients seeking alternatives.
Northern Berkshire Healthcare said its trustees made the decision based on
its "worsening financial status." The hospital emerged from
bankruptcy in 2012. A spokesman said employees got the news Tuesday afternoon.
NBH President and CEO Timothy Jones said it is working to transition
patients to other providers in the region.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association said the union
questions if the company followed state regulations on the closing, and will
"do whatever we can" to save the hospital or ensure a safe transition