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Fight to re-open North Adams Regional Hospital continues

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney General Martha Coakley's office was back in court Thursday to continue their efforts to get North Adams Regional Hospital back open.

Coakley's office will be working to develop a plan for Berkshire Medical to take over emergency services and find funds to re-open the emergency room.

The owners of NARH have filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which means the liquidation and sale of all of the hospitals assets. It also means a court appointed trustee will be put in place to oversee it. For right now, there's a stay on the injunction, but they are no closer to reopening that emergency room.

Officials are due back in Northampton Court on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Attorney Daniel Cohn represented Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

"Unfortunately, we didn't have the money to carry on in the way that would have served the interests of the community and that the community deserves," he said.

Attorney General Martha Coakley released the following statement about the bankruptcy filing:

"Today's surprise bankruptcy filing by Northern Berkshire Healthcare and the North Adams Regional Hospital Board does not change our goal of ensuring access to safe emergency services for area residents. We are disappointed the board does not appear to share this same goal. We are pleased that the court extended its order through Tuesday and we will continue to work with all stakeholders with the purpose of reopening an emergency room in North Adams as soon as possible."

Governor Deval Patrick said he will try to expedite what decisions he does have control over, including to restore hospice and visiting nurse services at the hospital.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association said it won't rest until full service is restored at the hospital. They handed out leaflets to the attendees of a dinner Wednesday honoring Governor Patrick's work in health care, hoping it would bring awareness. 

Officials confirmed of the 530 employees who worked at NARH, 110 have been hired by Berkshire Health Systems. The remaining employees are still looking for work. Robin Simonetti is one of them.

"We're just running around to job fairs and filling out applications and whatever we need to do and filing for unemployment, and they're worried about health insurance," she said.

Meanwhile, two of the facilities that were closed at the hospital last Friday are getting new homes.

Northern Berkshire family medicine and the OBGYN clinics will move next Monday.

The family medicine clinic will move to the third floor of the Ambulatory Care Center on Hospital Avenue. The OBGYN will move to Park Street in Adams.

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