At its meeting Tuesday night, the North Adams City Council joined five other Berkshire County communities in passing resolutions that call for a full-service hospital in the region.
Passed unanimously, the resolution urges local, state and federal authorities along with Berkshire Health Systems to open a full-service hospital regardless of whether it is federally designated as a Critical Access Hospital. Councilor Ben Lamb submitted the resolution.
“It makes a stronger argument to actually realize what we need out here, rather than what the numbers just say,” said Lamb.
With Chairman Ronald Turbin absent Tuesday, the Williamstown Select Board tabled a similar citizen-driven resolution until Oct. 27 so all five members can consider it. A state commissioned report recommends emergency services continue at the North Adams facility now owned by BHS, and inpatient services only if it receives the critical access designation.