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Gov. Patrick: A Healthcare Facility Needed In North Adams

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has weighed in on the decision to close North Adams Regional Hospital this upcoming Friday and lay off 530 workers.

In a statement sent to WAMC News Wednesday, Governor Patrick says he is very concerned about the closing and after working all weekend he thought the state had found a solution right up until Tuesday’s announcement. The Democrat says he doesn’t think the situation is over and that there needs to be a healthcare facility in North Adams. Democratic State Senator Ben Downing of Pittsfield agrees.

Parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare will file bankruptcy and cease operations after the hospital and three other medical practices it owns close.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org