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Deal reached over North Adams hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The emergency room at the recently closed North Adams Regional Hospital could re-open within a month under an agreement reached in court.

A bankruptcy trustee announced in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield on Thursday that Berkshire Health Systems, the parent of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, reached a tentative deal to buy the North Adams hospital for an undisclosed sum.

The first step is a 90-day occupancy and use agreement that would allow BMC to open an emergency center in North Adams as soon as May 19, until the purchase agreement is finalized.

North Adams Regional closed on a few days' notice March 28, citing years of financial struggles.

That left the closest emergency rooms for residents of northern Berkshire County 30 to 40 minutes away in Pittsfield or Bennington, Vt.