Worker Assistance Center to open in North Adams today


Berkshire Eagle Staff

More help is on the way for workers who lost their jobs when North Adams Regional Hospital closed in March.

State and local officials will be on hand at 10 a.m. today for the formal opening of the Work Assistance Center at North Adams City Hall.

The center will be inside North Adams City Hall for local residents who lost their jobs when North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH) and its affiliates closed in March.

NARH closed abruptly on March 28, leaving more than 500 workers jobless and Northern Berkshire without local emergency care. Northern Berkshire Healthcare, the parent company of NARH, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy shortly thereafter.

As part of the bankruptcy process, Berkshire Medical Center submitted the only bid -- $4 million -- for the hospital facilities. BMC has since opened an emergency services center at the former hospital and is expected to take ownership of the former NARH building and assets in the coming weeks.

Rachel Kaprielian, the state Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, and John Polanowicz, the state Secretary of Health and Human Services, will join local workforce development officials at the event. North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, state Sen. Benjamin Downing, and state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi also are expected to be in attendance.


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