Berkshire Medical Center Opens Walk-In Clinic in North Adams03:16PM / Thursday, May 01, 2014
The main entrance of the MCLA MountainOne Student Wellness Center on Church Street can be accessed by a pathway leading between Porter and Blackinton streets on the campus.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Medical Center Walk-in Care Center for residents of Northern Berkshire opened Wednesday, April 30, on the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
The establishment of the center was announced last Friday by Gov. Deval Patrick. The services, housed in the college's MountainOne Student Wellness Center at 289 Church St., will provide general non-emergency medical aid.
It will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with care provided by BMC nurse practitioners and registered nurses, and will be available for any adult aged 18 and older, living in North Berkshire or visiting, and needing non-emergency care.
The MCLA Wellness Center will continue to serve students, faculty and staff of MCLA.
"This partnership is part of Berkshire Medical Center's ongoing commitment to providing health services for those in need in Northern Berkshire," said David Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "I am thankful for the leadership and support from Governor Patrick, our Berkshire state lawmakers, MCLA President Mary Grant and Mayor Richard Alcombright in helping BMC to provide this key service in Northern Berkshire."
The BMC Walk-In Care Center will provide assessment and treatment of common illnesses and minor injuries, including infections, minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains, skin conditions and other minor conditions. The center will accept all commercial insurance plans, MassHealth and Medicare.
BMC is in the process of establishing a satellite emergency facility at the hospital, which when opened will provide care for all critical and non-critical emergency care needs. The walk-in center will remain operational at least until the opening of the satellite emergency facility, scheduled for mid-May.
In the meantime, Northern Berkshire residents and visitors in need of emergency care should call 911 or visit the Emergency Department at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.
BMC Walk-In Care Center FAQs
Q. Where is the BMC Center located?
A. The BMC Walk-in Care Center is located at the MCLA MountainOne Wellness Center between Porter and Blackinton Streets. Follow the signs on Porter Street to the main entrance.
Q. When will the BMC Center be open?
A. The center will open on Wednesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Q. What services will be provided?
A. The center will provide general non-emergency health-care services including assessment and treatment of common illnesses and minor injuries, including throat and other infections, minor wounds, abrasions, joint sprains, skin conditions, some urinary tract infections and other minor conditions.
Q. Who will provide the services?
A. Services at the center will be provided by BMC nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
Q. Who will the BMC Center serve?
A. Service will be available for any adult aged 18 and older, and needing non-emergent care.
Q. Will MCLA students still have access to MCLA health services?
A. Yes, as usual, the MCLA Wellness Center will continue to serve MCLA students, faculty and staff of MCLA.
Q. Will the BMC Center accept my insurance?
A. The Walk-In Center will accept all commercial insurance plans, MassHealth and Medicare.
Q. Who do I contact for more information about the BMC Walk-in Care Center?
A. Please call BMC at 413-447-2000.