"Board members, management, physicians, and employees have worked together with dedication and commitment to prevent this outcome," trustees chairwoman Julia Bolton said in a statement. "But now, given our finances and the daunting challenges that small rural community hospitals are facing in this healthcare environment, we can no longer continue."
NBH President and CEO Timothy Jones said it is working to transition patients to other providers in the region.
"The implications of this decision are far-reaching, but our primary concern is for our patients," Jones said. He said the hospital opened in 1885 and has served the area for 129 years "with dedication and pride."
NBH also includes the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire, and Northern Berkshire Physicians Group, which includes Northern Berkshire Family Medicine, Northern Berkshire OB/GYN, and Northern Berkshire General Surgery.
David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said it questions if the company followed state regulations on the closing. "We are meeting with all relevant public officials, working with others in the community and exploring every legal avenue open to us to save this hospital, or to at least ensure a safe transition for our patients," he said.