A timeline of North Adams Regional Hospital

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March 2, 1885 -- North Adams Hospital opens. It has 12 beds.

1891 -- North Adams Hospital Training School for Nurses opens.

1905 -- The first annex is added to the hospital.

1911 -- North Adams Visiting Nurse Aid is opened.

1912 -- The Clark House -- a nurse's residence -- is constructed.

1920 -- The hospital gets its first motor ambulance.

1937 -- The nurses training school is closed. Almost immediately, a private-duty nursing school is opened.

1938 -- The hospital opens its first accident and emergency department.

1943 -- The private-duty nursing school closes as the Clark House is turned over for patient rooms.

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1955 -- A new hospital building, built behind the original, is opened. A total of $1,789,183 is raised by the community for the new building.

1960s -- The hospital's North Wing is added.

1980s -- The Centennial Fund raises more than $1 million toward a $3.5 million renovation.

1985 -- The North Adams and Williamstown Visiting Nurse Associations merge to become the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Berkshire.

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1997 -- The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Berkshire joins Northern Berkshire Healthcare (NBH). It is merged with CompCare, Inc. and Hospice of Northern Berkshire. The newly formed agency becomes the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northern Berkshire.

1999 -- NBH purchases Sweet Brook and Sweetwood.

2000 -- The hospital closes its Transitional Care Center, a 20-bed sub-acute care unit specifically for elderly patients.

2004 -- NARH begins construction on a $20 million renovation and expansion project that will give it a new critical care unit, birthing center and emergency department.

2005 -- Northern Berkshire Healthcare engages the services of FTI Cambio Health Solutions to help right its finances. Five administrators resign. Their severance packages are among the "one-time" costs associated with a $4.6 million loss in fiscal 2005.

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2008 -- Northern Berkshire Family Practice becomes part of NBH.

2010 -- North Adams Regional Hospital celebrates its 125th anniversary.

2010 -- Sweet Brook and Sweetwood are sold.

2011 -- The VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2011 -- Northern Berkshire Healthcare files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2011-- The Women's Exchange, the fundraising arm of the VNA, is closed.

2013 -- NBH officials say they are pursuing an affiliation with Berkshire Health Systems, parent company of Berkshire Medical Center.

2014 -- NARH closes the Greylock Pavilion, along with its critical care unit and its pediatric ward.

March 25, 2014 -- NARH announces the closing of the hospital, the Northern Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire, and three medical practices.


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