To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Has there been any comment or recommendation either from MCLA or from Williams College about alternate plans for the 5,000 students attending school at their campuses regarding the sudden unavailability of emergency medical services? Won’t those two institutions suffer from a situation that has closed the hospital upon which they, their students, and their faculty depend? Won’t they have difficulty hiring faculty? Won’t their admissions rates suffer because of their lack of ability to care for the students who reside on their campuses? [Editor’s note: Williams College president Adam Falk wrote in general terms about the hospital closing in an April 9 opinion page piece.]
It’s baffling to me that nothing has been heard from either institution, or is it that The Berkshire Eagle has failed to report that news. Also, it would be helpful if someone would inform the public of the procedures to follow as well as directions to the two emergency rooms available to the northern Berkshire towns that relied on NARH. How does a resident avail themselves of emergency services if he or she has no car, or if the weather is bad and the roads impassable?
These are serious issues that don’t seem to have been addressed, and we truly need this information.
ROBB FORMAN DEW