NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - There is a sign of hope in North Adams as Berkshire Medical Center reopened the emergency room at the site of North Adams Regional Hospital.
The satellite emergency facility reopened at noon on Monday, staffed with 150 former Northern Berkshire Healthcare workers.
The satellite facility will provide comprehensive emergency services to the entire northern Berkshire community and will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
"The thing that I really am intrigued by is the fact Berkshire Health Systems, our partners and BMC, they bought virtually five floors of hospital. I'm sure they are not going to put in one floor of services, so I don't know what that is but it is just really a happy day," said North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright.
Berkshire Medical Center is taking over operations at the building, after the entire hospital was suddenly closed at the end of March.
The E.R. will function as normal, but there will be no inpatient or surgical services at the facility. Berkshire Medical is currently working on a deal that would allow them to purchase the hospital for $4 million.
The next step for the facility is to see what comes out of the Stroudwater Associates study over the course of the next 45 days. Stroudwater is the independent consulting firm Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick brought in to determine what medical services are needed and sustaining in Northern Berkshire County.