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Nurses rally in Springfield over hospital closure in North Adams

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Dozens of nurses formerly employed by North Adams Regional Medical Center held a rally in Springfield Monday.

The nurses are trying to get the hospital back open after the doors were abruptly closed March 28 with only a few days notice. Northern Berkshire Healthcare Inc., which operated the hospital filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, cited the huge cost of doing business and several years of losses.

A status update was held at the U.S. District Court in Springfield. It was a chance for all parties involved to inform a judge of where they were in the process. According to one person inside the court, the judge asked attorneys why the closure happened and why it happened so quickly. The observer said the attorney did not have an answer.

Berkshire Medical Center out of Pittsfield was working on getting the emergency room back up and running after a state judge signed a court order allowing them access to the building.

Several nurses voiced their concern that opening just the emergency room was not enough because serious cases would still have to be transported several miles to other hospitals.

A bankruptcy judge appointed Harold B. Murphy as the trustee for the hospital.

Another hearing before a state judge was scheduled for April 14 in Pittsfield.

Residents in the North Adams area were encouraged to come to a meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hall for updates on the status of the hospital.

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