About North County Cares Coalition

The North County Cares Coalition is an alliance of concerned residents, health and community advocates that was formed in 2014 to restore inpatient beds at what is now the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center. We want a real hospital in Northern Berkshire County.

We first gathered on Friday, March 28, 2014, the day the former North Adams Regional Hospital closed. We have been meeting nearly every Tuesday since, at the American Legion at 91 American Legion Dr. in North Adams at 5 p.m. Please join us!

We are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-County-Cares-Coalition/375658295952169?fref=ts

About North Adams Regional Hospital

In 1882, a catastrophic train accident galvanized a small group of North Adams residents to initiate the concept of a hospital, which was built with private donations and opened in March 1885, according to research by longtime North Adams Regional Hospital physician Dr. Paul Donovan. Before it closed in 2014, NARH served 37,000 residents in the northern Berkshire County communities of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Drury, Florida, Lanesborough, North Adams, Savoy, and Williamstown, along with residents in southern Vermont and eastern New York state.

The Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, as the hospital is now known, is located at the site of the former NARH at 71 Hospital Avenue, North Adams. BMC North is owned by Berkshire Health Systems. It has a satellite emergency room and outpatient services such as imaging, a laboratory draw station, and outpatient orthopedic surgery. It does not, however, have key services such as inpatient medical, behavioral health and substance abuse beds that an independent report called an “existing need.”