NORTH ADAMS -- Independent medical offices on the North Adams Regional Hospital campus were kept busy Wednesday letting their patients know they'll remain open following the closure of the hospital and its affiliates.

The hospital's announcement it will close on Friday has cast a shadow over practices that are also located on 77 Hospital Ave. in the onsite Ambulatory Care Center, which isn't owned by the hospital.

The center is used by many independent private practices, which say they'll continue to operate from the building. Some of these practices include Northern Berkshire Pediatrics, the Orthopedic Associates of Northern Berkshire, and Williamstown Medical Associates.

Donna Parmenter, practice manager at Orthopedic Associates, said the group will continue to operate in North Adams. Surgery could be done at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield or Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., depending on the doctor.

"It's important to us that we will continue to be here," Parmenter said. "All the doctors here will continue to be here but we will do surgery in different locations."

Berkshire Hematology Oncology and Hillcrest Dental Care Inc. also said they will continue to operate.

"As part of the North Adams community we are saddened by the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital," said Sue Durocher, operations director at Hillcrest Dental, North Adams in a prepared statement. "In this uncertain healthcare environment we want to reassure ... we are open for business and will remain so."

The hospital along with its affiliates announced on Tuesday it will be closing. The affiliates include the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire, Northern Berkshire Family Medicine, Northern Berkshire OB/GYN, and Northern Berkshire General Surgery, which operates out of the Ambulatory Care Center.

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