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Mass. Nurses Assoc. Report: Full-Service Hospital Viable In Northern Berkshire

Lucas Willard

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has released a report stating a full-service hospital in Northern Berkshire County is financially feasible, after North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th.

MNA says its researchers reviewed the hospital’s IRS filings from 2002 to 2012. David Schildmeier is the union’s spokesman.

“Purely serving the health care needs of its community, this hospital is a viable entity,” Schildmeier said. “It was in the past and could be going forward. That’s what the statistics bear out.”

Schildmeier says the MNA hopes to send the report to the consulting firm the state brought on to help Berkshire Medical Center and the surrounding community determine the region’s healthcare needs. The MNA also claims poor management decisions by parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare led to closure. Northern Berkshire Healthcare filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy April 3rd.

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