State hopes to reopen North Adams emergency room in 10 days or less

North Adams Regional Hospital
North Adams Regional HospitalMatthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe

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Attorney General Martha Coakley said Tuesday that state officials were aiming to open the emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital in 10 days or less, after the hospital’s sudden closing left the Berkshire County community with limited health care services.

The state has been in negotiations with Berkshire Medical Center in recent days in hopes the Pittsfield hospital could take over some operations at the North Adams facility.

The state plans to work quickly to license Berskshire Medical Center to operate at the North Adams hospital, Coakley said, and is working with federal officials to get their approval, too.

The state will probably have to spend several million dollars to help reopen the hospital, said state Senator Benjamin Downing, a Democrat form Pittsfield.

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