A sad day in the Greylock region of the Berkshires -- North Adams Regional Hospital's board has voted to shut down on Friday. If that happens, it will be the first acute-care hospital to close in Massachusetts in 11 years. It was 109 years old.
Is this the problem in a nutshell -- reimbursements favor teaching hospitals in big cities, leaving hospitals serving low-income areas out of luck. Is this another example of our systematic inequality problem or just a need to develop more efficient ways to deliver non-urgent care? What do you think?
Or, is this the result of administrators at Berkshire Medical Center -- the likely successor operator of some sort of health-care facility in North Adams -- wanting a clean shutdown so they don't have to terminate hundreds of workers as part of a transition?
In the Boston Globe story posted, Paul Hopkins, NBHS spokesman, is quoted as saying there have been discussions going on for months with state officials about the dire financial state of the hospital. Why no notice to the public?
What is Williams College going to tell parents about the acute-care health services available to students of the elite college?