• More than 500 people losing jobs as North Adams hospital closes


    NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) - The company that owns North Adams Regional Hospital and related medical services in the western Massachusetts town says it is closing them beginning Friday.

    The Berkshire Eagle reported Tuesday the closings will leave 530 full- and part-time workers without jobs and thousands of patients seeking alternatives.

    Northern Berkshire Healthcare said its trustees made the decision based on its "worsening financial status." The hospital emerged from bankruptcy in 2012. A spokesman said employees got the news Tuesday afternoon.

    NBH President and CEO Timothy Jones said it is working to transition patients to other providers in the region.

    A spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association said the union questions if the company followed state regulations on the closing, and will "do whatever we can" to save the hospital or ensure a safe transition for patients.

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