The case for restoring a full-service hospital for Northern Berkshire County

Following the sudden closure of the 121-bed North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH), which left thousands of residents without access to local healthcare, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS)/Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) purchased NARH – now BMC North – and has been operating a satellite emergency room out of the facility, while providing inpatient care only at its Pittsfield campus. BMC has linked its willingness to provide inpatient care to receiving Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation, which grants rural hospitals higher Medicare reimbursement for services. The following report clearly shows that restoration of inpatient beds is not only necessary, but is financially viable.

See the full PDF version of the BMC North Report