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North Adams hospital shutting down, 530 to lose jobs (Massachusetts)
WNYT-TV ^ | March 27, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: layoffs; massachusetts; medicine; obamacare

1 posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do we blame Romneycare,Obamacare, or both?


2 posted on 03/28/2014 5:59:24 PM PDT by DannyTN ( .)
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To: DannyTN

Both are to blame. So are the congress critters who mandated care whether or not it could be paid for.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 6:03:38 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: DannyTN

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.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 6:06:07 PM PDT by Rodm
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The decision to shut down comes as the hospital files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

To be known as a 'standing headline' in the near future, thanks to ObamaRomneycare.
5 posted on 03/28/2014 6:06:14 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: RobinOfKingston

My brother told me Madison Memorial in Rexburg may be facing the same thing.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 6:07:40 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: DannyTN

probably the rigid board unwilling to change is the blame


7 posted on 03/28/2014 6:07:48 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:21 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: RobinOfKingston
Romney care was a health plan for ONE STATE which is the way it should be.....states should be able to have a health care system if they so desire.....

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...

9 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:30 PM PDT by cherry
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To: DannyTN

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.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 6:10:54 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure the hospital’s closed, but now the healthcare is free.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 6:11:40 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: RobinOfKingston

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.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 6:12:28 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: DannyTN

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.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: bert

probably the rigid board unwilling to change is the blame

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Probably insane JACHO requirements coupled with insane treatment rules.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 6:17:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.”


15 posted on 03/28/2014 6:27:00 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
" but now the healthcare is free."

Well, one no longer has to pay the Hospital....

16 posted on 03/28/2014 6:35:30 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

17 posted on 03/28/2014 6:41:39 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
According to the hospital's website, they are the largest employer in the city of North Adams.

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.

Per Capita Income, #233

North Adams, MA
20,481 USD
Massachusetts
35,485 USD
U.S.
28,051 USD

*Based on 2008-2012 data. View historical per capita income data.

18 posted on 03/28/2014 6:56:59 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Chickensoup

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!


19 posted on 03/28/2014 6:57:10 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: raybbr

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.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 6:59:28 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: ncalburt
actually, The adems want to close rural health centers and force everyone into urban cesspools they run ,

There are no "urban cesspools" near N. Adams. It would hours away.

I still think is more about a dying community than anything else.

21 posted on 03/28/2014 7:01:49 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: greeneyes

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 !


22 posted on 03/28/2014 7:04:35 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: raybbr

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.


23 posted on 03/28/2014 7:08:41 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: bigheadfred

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.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 7:18:20 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: DannyTN

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.


25 posted on 03/28/2014 7:23:28 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: staytrue

The reason is the Dem run Medicare program now punish small, hospitals with lower payments and pay urban Dem run locations with higher payments.
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26 posted on 03/28/2014 7:26:08 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: staytrue

I can foresee the death of the big hospitals and more of the “doctors” hospitals emerging.


27 posted on 03/28/2014 7:31:07 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This might ultimately be a good thing for that community.

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...

28 posted on 03/28/2014 7:34:42 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: sarasmom
"they paid low skilled administrative clerks more than janitors? "

Whoa, I ran into some of those today during my son's outpatient surgery. Totally amazing. They should be like me - retired.

29 posted on 03/28/2014 7:37:49 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Free Insurance won’t be helping to provide good HealthCare.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 7:39:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: cherry
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...

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?

31 posted on 03/28/2014 7:47:39 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: bigheadfred

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.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 7:50:01 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 7:50:56 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Socialized Medication at work. You’’ll see more of hospitals closing in the future.


34 posted on 03/28/2014 8:00:10 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ncalburt

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.


35 posted on 03/28/2014 8:01:17 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Do they have to sign an affidavit swearing that they didn't let all of those people go because of Obamacare?

-PJ

36 posted on 03/28/2014 8:06:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Hmmmmm — and who do these Mass-holes vote for, everytime?

What’s that I hear? Democrats?

Sorry, folks — elections have consequences.


37 posted on 03/28/2014 8:15:08 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More to come under Ocare


38 posted on 03/28/2014 8:38:33 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


39 posted on 03/28/2014 8:49:52 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: workerbee

Did you really think they were going to come out and say the “O” word?


40 posted on 03/28/2014 9:03:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To all those effected who vote for LIBs/DIMs...bwahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


41 posted on 03/28/2014 9:14:43 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ninety percent of the people who are whining about this probably bitched, bitched, bitched, bitched, bitched about their bill from the "greedy hospital"...

"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.

42 posted on 03/29/2014 6:25:48 AM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: DannyTN

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?


43 posted on 03/29/2014 6:30:12 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Grams A

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.


44 posted on 03/29/2014 9:37:21 AM PDT by DannyTN ( .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those are not easy drives over rural New England roads in the winter.


45 posted on 03/29/2014 9:42:39 AM PDT by grania
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To: workerbee

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.


46 posted on 03/29/2014 12:08:54 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ncalburt

Evil corp BS !
your not on the DU !

Useful idiot of the left .

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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.


47 posted on 03/29/2014 3:34:29 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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