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BMC Makes Bid For Former NARH

Lucas Willard

Berkshire Medical Center has put in a $4 million bid for the former North Adams Regional Hospital. The bid also includes other facilities previously owned by bankrupt Northern Berkshire Healthcare.

The motion was filed Monday by the bankruptcy trustee overseeing NBH’s assets. A judge is set to rule Wednesday on a 90-day use and occupancy agreement that would allow BMC to open an emergency department at the shuttered hospital, throughout a required 45-day open bidding process. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced the tentative agreement in North Adams Friday.

“We’ve looked at proforma financials for a year’s worth of operation of the ED and we’re looking at how we can essentially hold Berkshire Medical whole,” said Patrick.

BMC expects to open the facility by mid-May once it receives a federal license. The company estimates it would need to invest $10 million for improvements in the emergency department.

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