Residents Rally to Save North Adams Regional Hospital
NORTH ADAMS (WGGB) — North Adams residents are pushing back against the closure of the North Adams Regional Hospital.
They plan to gather in the hospital’s lobby Thursday morning, to hold a peaceful demonstration.
More than 100 people gathered at the American Legion Wednesday night to voice their concerns and come up with a plan to save the hospital. Northern Berkshire Healthcare announced its closure, which is slated for Friday, along with the closure of several other healthcare locations on Tuesday.
Residents say they will be left without emergency care if the hospital closes, and it could be potentially dangerous for their citizens.
“This is the most remote hospital in Massachusetts,” said Mike Fadel, the Campaign Director of MNA, said on Wednesday, “it simply would be unconscionable for any residents in North county to have to travel the distances that were described tonight.”
They are calling for intervention and state funding from Governor Deval Patrick. “We’re looking for the Governor to intervene, declare a public health emergency, and release enough state funds to prevent the closure of the Hospital on Friday,” Fadel said.
After Wednesday’s meeting, dozens gathered to pray in the hospital’s lobby, where dozens plan to demonstrate Thursday.
The North Adams Mayor says he has been in constant contact with Governor Patrick and appreciated the concerns of those residents. They too are hoping to find emergency funding for the facility, while securing a more stable investor.