NORTH ADAMS, M.A. – A peaceful demonstration is expected to begin at the North Adams Regional Hospital Thursday morning in protest of the recent announcement to close the hospital.
Community members are still holding out hope that the hospital will stay open despite being told doors will close Friday morning. On Wednesday, more than 100 people including healthcare workers, elected officials and residents gathered in protest.
The sudden closure has raised a lot of concerns, people have signed petitions and looked at different ways to get the governor to intervene and declare a public health emergency.
The hospital has been in debt since 2001. A hospital spokesperson tells NEWS10 ABC they are heartbroken about the closure and understand it has been a critical resource in the community. She added they have tried doing everything they could to save it.
People began gathering at 9 a.m. for the vigil inside the hospital lobby for a peaceful protest. NEWS10 ABC camera crews were not allowed inside, and demonstrators were also asked to leave the area.
Instead, people began to gather outside the hospital.
"We can't afford that one young person or elderly person to die because we don't have the medical care. We need a hospital, we need it today we need it done now,” said one resident, Mike Wilber.
Demonstrators say they will be back out protesting again on Friday, the same day the hospital is expected to shut its doors for good.