NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – In light of the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital, a walk-in care center has been established for residents of Northern Berkshire to provide general non-emergent healthcare services.
Berkshire Medical Center will run the center in space provided by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. It will be located inside the MCLA MountainOne Wellness Center, on the MCLA campus.
The center will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with care provided by BMC Nurse Practitioners and registered nurses, and will be available for any adult aged 18 and older, living in North Berkshire or visiting, and needing non-emergent care.
BMC is also in the process of establishing a Satellite Emergency Facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, which will provide care for all critical and non-critical emergent care needs. In the meantime, Northern Berkshire residents and visitors in need of emergency care should call 911 or visit the Emergency Department at Berkshire Medical Center.
The new center will open on Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. and will remain operational at least until the opening of the BMC Satellite Emergency Facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, scheduled for mid-May.
David Anderson, the Pastor at the First Baptist Church of North Adams has spoken with numerous people since first learning North Adams Regional Hospital was closing.
He says there was a feeling of fear when everything first happened, but with MCLA now allowing 12 hour walk-in care to the public and BMC set to take over the hospital the week of May 19, things are looking up for the area.
"MCLA's a great neighbor here in the city. A great part of our community. And I think this speaks to the character of this community. The closing of the hospital was a huge blow to the community but I think it's been a proud moment because I think we've stepped up and worked together and have done what's needed to be done to get through this period of time,” he said.
And the Pastor says its huge news for everyone from the first responders, to the clergyman that have spent time helping the northern Berkshire community, that BMC will be opening its doors for emergency care in a few weeks.