NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Berkshire Medical Center has closed on its $4 million purchase of the former North Adams Regional Hospital facility, a step hailed as an important milestone in restoring health care services to residents of northern Berkshire County.

The Berkshire Eagle ( ) reports that the sale includes $3.4 million for the hospital, parking garage and administrative building, and $600,000 for the Northern Berkshire Family Medicine building, The agreement includes assets such as medical equipment and office furniture.

The North Adams hospital closed on three days' notice in March, citing financial problems. More than 500 people lost their jobs, and people seeking emergency medical services had to travel to Pittsfield or Bennington, Vermont.

A spokesman for Berkshire Medical Center says exactly which services will be restored to North Adams is yet to be determined.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle,