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BMC Opening Walk-In Center At MCLA Wednesday Afternoon

Jim Levulis

Berkshire Medical Center is opening a public walk-in care center at the student health facility at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams at 5 o’clock today.

The walk-in center will be open daily from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. for adults 18 years or older needing non-emergent care. MCLA President Mary Grant.

“Non-emergency services,” MCLA President Mary Grant said Friday when it was announced such a facility would be opened. “These are the kinds of routine things where someone might come in with a bump or a bruise, but to make this accessible to residents of North Adams and North Berkshire.”

Some of the 150 former Northern Berkshire Healthcare employees hired by BMC will be among the nurse practitioners and registered nurses staffing the center.  BMC says it will accept all commercial insurance plans, MassHealth and Medicare. A bankruptcy judge signed a 90-day use and occupancy agreement Wednesday morning allowing BMC to open an emergency facility at the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital. The company expects to do so by the week of May 19th

The following information was provided by BMC.

BMC Walk-In Care Center FAQs

Q. Where is the BMC Center located?

A.    The BMC Walk-in Care Center is located at the MCLA MountainOne Wellness Center between Porter and Blackinton Streets.  Follow the signs on Porter Street to the main entrance.

Q.    When will the BMC Center be open?

A.    The Center will open on Wednesday, April 30th at 5 p.m.  to 10 p.m. and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Q.    What services will be provided?

A.    The center will provide general non-emergent healthcare services including assessment and treatment of common illnesses and minor injuries, including throat and other infections, minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains, skin conditions, some urinary tract infections and other minor conditions.

Q.    Who will provide the services?

A.    Services at the center will be provided by BMC Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses.

Q.    Who will the BMC Center serve?

A.    Service will be available for any adult aged 18 and older, and needing non-emergent care.

Q. Will MCLA students still have access to MCLA health services?

A. Yes, as usual, the MCLA Wellness Center will continue to serve MCLA students, faculty and staff of MCLA.

Q.    Will the BMC Center accept my insurance?

A. The Walk-In Center will accept all commercial insurance plans, MassHealth and Medicare.

Q. Who do I contact for more information about the BMC Walk-in Care Center?

A. Please call BMC at 413-447-2000.

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