Mass. governor, attorney general try to save hospital

Posted at: 04/01/2014 5:23 PM
Updated at: 04/01/2014 6:22 PM
By: WNYT Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Days after North Adams Regional Hospital shut down, the governor and the state's attorney general both come to the Berkshires to offer their support.

However, some wonder if it's too little, too late.

A community meeting at North Adams American Legion was starting on Tuesday evening. It comes at the end of a day of very long negotiations.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley met with Berkshire Medical Center and local government to broker a deal, allowing Berkshire Medical Center to open up an emergency room in a facility vacated by North Adams Regional Hospital last week.

Application requires state and federal approval. The hope is that is granted in the coming days or weeks.

“The people who have served at North Adams were served by North Adams regional Hospital. We want you know that we have been working for two weeks to assure that services are appropriate and adequate in the region,” said Gov. Patrick.

“I think we feel that making sure that we do this right and not just quickly so that we have a foundation to look at the area and build on what those services may be is very important,” said Coakley.