Skip to comments.North Adams hospital shutting down, 530 to lose jobs (Massachusetts)
Posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. After 129 years, North Adams Regional Hospital is shutting down.
Hospital workers were informed of the decision on Tuesday. Around 530 people will lose their jobs.
The decision to shut down comes as the hospital files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It also affects the VNA & Hospice, along with the Northern Berkshire Healthcare Physicians Group.
Current patients will be transferred to other facilities through April 4. The emergency room will close on Friday.
In the six years that I have been on the board we have investigated every possible avenue and exhausted all options as we searched for a way to continue operating the hospital and its affiliates, said Board Chair Julia Bolton in a released statement. Board members, management, physicians, and employees have worked together with dedication and commitment to prevent this outcome. But now, given our finances and the daunting challenges that small rural community hospitals are facing in this healthcare environment, we can no longer continue.
According to the hospital's website, they are the largest employer in the city of North Adams. The hospital is now helping employees file for unemployment benefits.
Without North Adams Regional Hospital, people will have to drive an extra half-hour to get to the next closest hospital.
Berkshire Medical Center is about 22 miles away in Pittsfield. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is actually a little closer at 18 miles away.
"The severity of what is going on caught us all totally off guard," said Diane George, a registered nurse at NARH.
Doctors, nurses, and patients say they were blind-sided by the announcement, calling it a travesty, and wondering what will happen next.
"The cost of relocation, your family uprooted, if you're in this community all your life, how do you take your family away?" Nancy Bullett, a North Adams councilwoman asked rhetorically. "Trying to find jobs here is going to be extremely difficult. This is a small town and no way can this town absorb that many people."
"Right now it's hard to get a primary care physician," said Susan Wood, a hospital employee, "Shutting the doors of the OBGYN and the surgeons, where are they going to go?"
For some people, like Bridget Herman, having a medical facility close to home can be especially reassuring.
"As a caregiver for my mother who has acute leukemia, not having a hospital nearby, if something happens, is scary," she says.
CEO Timothy Jones says there'll be a state rapid response team at the hospital this week to help staff file for unemployment benefits and health insurance. They'll also be helping with resume writing and job searches.
Many of the angry workers and residents, on Tuesday night, were hoping their elected representatives can do something to relieve the community-wide misery.
Do we blame Romneycare,Obamacare, or both?
Both are to blame. So are the congress critters who mandated care whether or not it could be paid for.
Time to go back to Dr. Marcus Welby MD. Time to go back to family doctors and cut the red tape and expense. I’st time for people to take care of themselves, the government sure won’t.
My brother told me Madison Memorial in Rexburg may be facing the same thing.
probably the rigid board unwilling to change is the blame
Many of the smaller ‘independent’ hospitals can only remain open if they’re bought out and taken over by a larger group. The rest will have to shut down. This has been going on for several years. 0bamacare may be hastening events.
bamey care is a completely different animal....
but some of you out there keep trying to find excuses why you were so sure bammey's 2nd term wouldn't be too bad when you voted for him...
When my town’s hospital closed, most assumed it was due to the free treatment provided to illegals (of which my town has tons). The same state that required the hospitals to treat them regardless of insurance (or ID) continuously pared back the reimbursements for such care until the hospital closed; happening all over the country.
Sure the hospital’s closed, but now the healthcare is free.
Expect lots of this. ACA stopped the SHIP program which is what was helping the hospitals to take care of the people who couln’t or wouldn’t pay.
I guess they assumed that everyone would have insurance to pay for their care. Plus they are cutting Medicare reimbursement 80% from 97% of cost.
There will soon be less hospitals in the USA.
The large hospital Corporations are taking over health care.
Giant medical centers and no choices.
I assure you that hospital corporation are non profits in name only and you are not their primary concern.
probably the rigid board unwilling to change is the blame
Probably insane JACHO requirements coupled with insane treatment rules.
I wonder what creative lie the progressive communists will vomit out of their black mouths when, for the first time in history, American’s life expectancy falls? I predict they will use something like “freedom from old age,” “a glorious sacrifice to help the young,” or “Bush-induced accelerated aging syndrome.”
Well, one no longer has to pay the Hospital....
So, how do they stay open? North Adams is a nice place but there is no way the local citizenry can support a facility this size. This isn't necessarily Obamacare or Romneycare. It's more about declining demographics.
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Evil corp BS !
your not on the DU !
Useful idiot of the left .
The whole point of Obamacare is to punish rural voters !,
Medicare payment system was designed to pay Urban hospitals not conservative rural health.Yale designed it.
Bush and the Gop run Congress helped rural health and Pelosi and Barry uses it to drive people into urban cesspools the Dems Run!
actually, The adems want to close rural health centers and force everyone into urban cesspools they run ,
its an actual strategy at CMS aka Medicare.
There are no "urban cesspools" near N. Adams. It would hours away.
I still think is more about a dying community than anything else.
Which was the strategy of Obamacare.
Make the White middle class PAY.!,,,
Barry screamed revenge in his reelection campaign and he means it.
Destroy all the rural and exurban hospitals and make the white folk go wait in line in the Urban ghetto facilities !
Then they have to drive to Springfield.!
That is CMS strategy run by the lefts plan.
Bush and the GOP run Congress helped fund programs to help rural hospitals and Reid, Pelosi, Barry shut these programs down on purpose.
My local hospital was about to go bk but was acquired by another hospital for 1 dollar.
They shut everything down except for the ER and about 40 beds.
The consolidation has meant greater efficiency but less convienience for the patients.
It’s just amazing to watch what’s going on with healthcare in the southern suburbs outside of Houston. There have been 14 new clinics, day surgery centers and emergency care clinics opened since December 2013. Of course Houston has added 250,000 people in the last three years alone and a whole lot of them live outside the city. Many, many new doctors and all seem to be from somewhere outside the United States.
The size of the office staff has also increased significantly just to handle all the new electronic record demands.
The other thing I see happening is that many of the doctors who are specialists see patients at a different office location each day of the week. If I want to see mine locally I have to have an appt on Wednesday. If I need to see him on Monday, I have to go to League City, Tuesday he’s in Bellaire, etc. Five different specialists get together and rent five offices and each has one day per location. Staff, equipped with computers and medical samples, travels around the city with them.
The reason is the Dem run Medicare program now punish small, hospitals with lower payments and pay urban Dem run locations with higher payments.
I can foresee the death of the big hospitals and more of the “doctors” hospitals emerging.
What was the number of deadly hospital induced infections because they paid low skilled administrative clerks more than janitors?
As one who was provided better “care” from the cleaning staff, than from the nurse on duty...
Whoa, I ran into some of those today during my son's outpatient surgery. Totally amazing. They should be like me - retired.
Free Insurance won’t be helping to provide good HealthCare.
Just to be clear about this, that is perhaps the stupidest comment I've seen posted on FR. Ignorant can be fixed ... stupid can't.
Now, are we even? Or, do you want to keep it up?
It may take a while, but I fully expect the hospital here in Kellogg to close as a result of this evil. It’s already shipping out the serious stuff to Coeur d’Alene.
From the article: “Many of the angry workers and residents, on Tuesday night, were hoping their elected representatives can do something to relieve the community-wide misery.”
There they go looking to government. The same government that screwed them up in the first place.
Socialized Medication at work. You’’ll see more of hospitals closing in the future.
Well, we at least have several primary care docs in the area, so mostly we just go to the doc. Still, when you have a real emergency, it’s an 1 1/2 hr drive at top speed to the nearest St. Louis hospital.
I know our local hospital will likely not survive Obama care, but I hope one of the neighboring towns will have a survivor. That’s only about a 30 min. drive.
Hmmmmm — and who do these Mass-holes vote for, everytime?
What’s that I hear? Democrats?
Sorry, folks — elections have consequences.
More to come under Ocare
In the whole report, not a word as to WHY the place is closing. I guess this just happened in a vacuum, with no rhyme or reason? The closest they get to an explanation is a vague reference to “the health care environment. “ More crackerjack journalism from our friends in the media.
Did you really think they were going to come out and say the “O” word?
To all those effected who vote for LIBs/DIMs...bwahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
"Look at this, $11.50 for an aspirin!!"
.... despite the fact that (1) they probably actually had to pay ten cents on the dollar of that bill and (2) had no idea of the insane cost-increasing regulations the hospital had to cope with.
I wish them joy, they'll now have one less thing to bitch about.
I don’t understand. They’re all progressive and have such nuanced minds in NA. How can voting for, and getting the government expansion and redistribution you wanted result in fewer jobs and loss of wealth?
Yeah I’m thinking the new clinics are due to population growth. We’ve seen new urgent care centers in the last couple of years, but not a lot of change since 2003.
The trend to specialists and even general doctors maintaining multiple offices isn’t brand new either. You see that more in smaller towns, and rural areas where a physician will maintain an office for a day because there is just not enough volume to maintain an office there full-time. It makes sense that they would team up and share the office.
Those are not easy drives over rural New England roads in the winter.
We have been seeing his story here n the nightly news every night. And no, no mention of why. Interesting that this is town where our governor lives. People will have to drive 45 minutes, in good weather, to go to an ER.
My better half works at a hospital in the next county and thins are not looking good there either. That hospital recently merged, (was taken over) by a big hospital in the eastern part of the state. It has been coming to this for the last 5 years. As soon as this “transformer” took over. Ronmnecare was not good, but Patrick implemented commycare immediately, his best bud is obammy.
Evil corp BS !
your not on the DU !
Useful idiot of the left .
Listen you stupid flaming buddy.
First, I have been here since 98. Daily.
Second, Fascism is the collaboration of business and government to benefit both and screw the citizens.
Fascist corporations collaborating with fascist governments are a conservative issue.