North Adams hospital closing, community rallies to save it

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Updated: 3/26 10:44 pm

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The North Adams Regional Hospital is scheduled to close its doors Friday morning, but residents are still holding out hope that the hospital can stay open.

More than 100 people including community members, healthcare workers and elected officials gathered at American Legion Hall to try to come up with a plan to save North Adams Regional Hospital.

“This is the most remote hospital in Massachusetts,” MNA Campaign Director Mike Fadel said. “It simply would be unconscionable for any resident in north counties to have to travel the long distances that were discussed tonight.”

Those who attended voiced their opinions, shared personal connections to the hospital, signed petitions and even went to social media to carry out their message.

“We’re looking for the governor to intervene, declare a public health emergency, release enough state funds to prevent the closure of the hospital on Friday and allow enough time for a stable long-term solution to be found,” Fadel continued.

After the meeting, dozens of people headed over to North Adams Regional Hospital and packed the lobby to pray.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright said he is extremely sorry with what’s happening and called this a defining moment.

“I think you had a good message here tonight,” he said. “This is a good quality institution that provides care of this community. So this is a nice, impassioned plea, and we hope that everybody who needs to hear it hears it.”

Community members are expected to return to the hospital lobby Thursday morning for another peaceful demonstration.

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