NORTH ADAMS - Berkshire Medical Center will open a walk-in care center for non-emergency health issues at 5 p.m. at the MountainOne Wellness Center on the MCLA campus.
The walk-in care center will serve Northern Berkshire residents over the age of 18, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The care center will remain open at least until the opening of the BMC Satellite Emergency Facility at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, scheduled for mid-May. Once open, the satellite facility will provide both non-emergency and emergency care for residents of all ages.
Care at the walk-in center will be provided by BMC nurse practitioners and registered nurses, who will provide will provide assessment and treatment of common illnesses and minor injuries, including infections, minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains, skin conditions and other minor conditions.
Those in need of emergency care should call 911 or visit BMC's emergency department in Pittsfield.
"This partnership is part of Berkshire Medical Center's ongoing commitment to providing health services for those in need in Northern Berkshire," said David Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "I am thankful for the leadership and support from Governor (Deval) Patrick, our Berkshire state lawmakers, MCLA President Mary Grant and Mayor Richard Alcombright in helping BMC to provide this key service in Northern Berkshire."
Patrick announced the creation of the walk-in care center during a brief press conference at the college on Friday. Northern Berkshire residents have been with an emergency department since the former North Adams Regional Hospital closed abruptly on March 28. Berkshire Medical Center's plan to open a satellite emergency center at the former hospital facility was approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday.
The walk-In center will accept all commercial insurance plans, as well as MassHealth and Medicare.
The MountainOne Wellness Center will continue to serve students, faculty and staff of MCLA.
BMC Walk-In Care Center FAQs
Q. Where is the BMC Center located?
A. The BMC Walk-in Care Center is located at the MCLA MountainOne Wellness Center between Porter and Blackinton Streets. Follow the signs on Porter Street to the main entrance.
Q. When will the BMC Center be open?
A.The center will open on Wednesday, April 30th at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Q. What services will be provided?
A. The center will provide general non-emergent health care services including assessment and treatment of common illnesses and minor injuries, including throat and other infections, minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains, skin conditions, some urinary tract infections and other minor conditions.
Q. Who will provide the services?
A. Services at the center will be provided by BMC Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses.
Q. Who will the BMC Center serve?
A. Service will be available for any adult aged 18 and older, and needing non-emergent care.
Q. Will MCLA students still have access to MCLA health services?
A. Yes, as usual, the MCLA Wellness Center will continue to serve MCLA students, faculty and staff of MCLA.
Q. Will the BMC Center accept my insurance?
A. The Walk-In Center will accept all commercial insurance plans, MassHealth and Medicare.
Q. Who do I contact for more information about the BMC Walk-in Care Center?
A. Please call BMC at 413-447-2000.