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Heading into the holidays, Berkshire Health Systems has ended the first round of its staff COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

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The first COVID-19 vaccinations in Berkshire County were given Thursday at Berkshire Health Systems locations in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Berkshire Health Systems says its three COVID-19 testing centers have been added to the Massachusetts “Stop The Spread” program.

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Berkshire County after Halloween-related gatherings stoked community spread. Its largest hospital – Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts – has once again imposed restrictions on its visitation policies. Starting Thursday, visitors will only be allowed into the building on a case-by-case basis, while they are fully barred from the Emergency Department, Birth Center, Pediatrics and other sectors of the facility. WAMC spoke to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Media Relations Michael Leary about the move, and how the hospital is preparing for a possible post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge.


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Berkshire Healthcare says that all of its facilities in Berkshire County have at least one staffer with COVID-19.

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Berkshire County’s largest healthcare provider is now providing coronavirus antibody testing to anyone in the community with a lab order from a physician. Berkshire Health Systems Director of Media Relations Michael Leary says while the tests can indicate whether someone has had COVID-19, they cannot confirm an immunity to the vicious strain of coronavirus behind the global pandemic. Leary spoke Friday with WAMC.

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Berkshire Health Systems announced today that it is cutting back the hours on its COVID-19 hotline. The company operates the county’s primary hospital, Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, and other health care facilities throughout the area. Director of Media Relations Michael Leary tells WAMC that the move comes as BHS sees a flattening of the coronavirus curve in Western Massachusetts.

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Berkshire Health Systems is asking COVID-19 survivors to donate their plasma in an effort to help those still struggling to beat the virus. 

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A week after telling its staff that all illness-related absences – including COVID-19 – would come out of paid time off, Berkshire Health Systems has reversed the policy.

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Since the Williamstown Commons nursing home in Williamstown, Massachusetts reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 24, 10 residents have died and 35 more have tested positive for coronavirus. On Monday, the remaining 75 of the center’s roughly 130 residents were tested for the virus. Now, the company that manages the facility says there are five positive cases at another of its centers, Fairview Commons in Great Barrington, 45 miles south of Williamstown. WAMC spoke with Berkshire Healthcare Systems Vice President of Communications Lisa Gaudet Monday about the company’s response to the outbreak.

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A bill in the Massachusetts statehouse is stoking a long-running disagreement in the Berkshires.

A senior executive at the largest employer in Berkshire County says Berkshire Health Systems opposes a Massachusetts ballot question that would impose staffing minimums on hospitals. 

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Samantha Wood, Managing Editor for The Berkshire Eagle, about a lawsuit being filed against Berkshire Heath Systems.  The pair also discuss the death of famed musician Charles Neville.

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Still locked in contract negotiations with one nurses’ union, Berkshire Health Systems announced Wednesday it has settled on a new contract with another. 

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The Massachusetts Nurses Association has called off its planned strike for next week after negotiations stretched into the wee hours of Friday morning.

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Berkshire Health Systems plans to close its walk-in clinic in Williamstown, Massachusetts this week.

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Update at 1:15 Thursday: The Massachusetts Nurses Association has canceled Thursday's rally due to the winter storm in Pittsfield.

Despite the winter storm, nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning a rally in Pittsfield today over what they say are unsafe staffing levels at the hospital. WAMC spoke with Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse at BMC who is a member of the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the hospital. The union represents all of the roughly 800 registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center.

The Berkshire Medical Center North County Renal Dialysis Center opens Sept. 29.
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Roughly 30 people in need of renal dialysis in northern Berkshire County will now have access to a facility nearby.

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Berkshire Health Systems is closing a walk-in clinic inside a Pittsfield grocery store in favor of a similar center elsewhere in the city.

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Berkshire Medical Center on Thursday will open a 30-bed long-term recovery unit for people suffering from opioid and substance abuse addiction in Pittsfield. It’s the only unit of its kind in Berkshire County.

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It’s been roughly two years since North Adams Regional Hospital closed and its parent company declared bankruptcy. The move shocked the region and put more than 500 people out of work. Though medical services have returned to the campus, but some in the community still insist they need a full-service hospital.

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The three mayoral candidates in North Adams met for a healthcare-focused forum last night, one week before the race’s primary.

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Berkshire Health Systems continues to expand services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital. A dialysis center will open next summer supported by a nearly $2 million investment from the healthcare provider.

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Berkshire Health Systems is opening an urgent care center in Pittsfield later this week.

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Community Health Programs and Berkshire Health Systems have announced federal funding to support an expansion of primary care access for people in the Northern Berkshires.

A two-year Health and Human Services grant is supporting the creation of a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in North Adams and Adams. Berkshire Health Systems spokesman Michael Leary says the center is given specific federal qualifications.  

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Berkshire Health Systems today announced a new care program for people in Northern Berkshire County who saw the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March 2014.

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Berkshire Health Systems is holding a series of insurance enrollment fairs for the roughly 12,000 people in western Massachusetts enrolled in Boston Medical Center’s HealthNet. The Medicaid Insurance provider ended coverage for BHS and its affiliated services May 15th.

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Berkshire Health Systems has partnered with Price Chopper to open a walk-in care center in the supermarket’s Hubbard Avenue location currently being renovated in Pittsfield. Its part of the supermarket’s strategy as it rebrands itself as Market 32.

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Berkshire Health Systems has partnered with Price Chopper to open a walk-in care center in the supermarket’s Hubbard Avenue location currently being renovated in Pittsfield.

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A group of western Massachusetts hospitals has received funding to improve behavioral health treatment in the state.

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