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Governor signs application to keep NARH ER open

Posted: Updated: April 1, 2014 3:32 PM

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Governor Deval Patrick has announced that an application has been signed with Berkshire Medical to keep the North Adams Regional Hospital Emergency Department open.

Patrick is in North Adams on Tuesday where he made the announcement. However, he did say that the application still needs to be approved by the state.

Patrick said he asked Berkshire Medical to apply for an SEF, Satellite Emergency Facility, and on Tuesday, the application was made and signed. This measure will re-open the North Adams Hospital Emergency Department but it must first be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and two federal agencies.

Patrick said he's also working through a federal process to enact the Transfer of an existing license to restore hospice and VNA services. 

"To the people who serve and who have served at North Adams and who are served by the North Adams Regional Hospital we want you to know we have been working now for almost two weeks to assure that services are appropriate and adequate in the region," said Patrick.

The hospital closed on Friday with only a few days' notice to employees and patients. Protestors against NARH shutting down gathered last week and over the weekend, to demonstrate that the facility is critical to the area. 

Patrick said Berkshire Medical has already employed around 75 medical personnel from NA Hospital. 

Supporters hoping to save the facility say there will be a community meeting at the American Legion Hall Tuesday 5 p.m., and every Tuesday coming up until a resolution is found. The meeting is a chance for people to come learn about the latest developments with the hospital as well as the week's planned activities and actions.

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