BHS Provider Profile: Dr. Elisabeth Berger

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Dr. Elisabeth Berger
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Elisabeth Berger has joined Berkshire Family Practice Associates in North Adams, a Berkshire Health Systems affiliate.
 
Berger is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with a passion for accessible community-based care. She is partnered with Dr. Catherine Keating and Tiffany Poplaski, Family Nurse Practitioner at Berkshire Family Practice in North Adams.
 
Dr. Berger received her medical degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty in collaboration with Columbia University and completed her residency in primary care and social internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.
 
She received her master's degree in public health from the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University with a focus on migrant and refugee populations.
 
Prior to medical school, she lived and worked in rural Haiti with Partners In Health, where she implemented programs focused on HIV, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and pediatric malnutrition. She has worked with Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and Physicians for Human Rights, where she helped to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive health-care programming in resource-poor settings. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors at Tapestry Health, a community-based nonprofit advocacy organization providing sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, and WIC services at clinical sites across Western Massachusetts.
 
Dr. Berger joined Berkshire Medical Center's Hospitalist Department in 2017 and now is excited to be with Berkshire Family Practice Associates in North Adams in her transition to community primary care. Her interests include health systems strengthening, community-health workers, harm reduction and health-equity activism. An enthusiastic flower farmer, maple syrup maker and hiker, she lives with her family in Williamstown.
 
Dr. Berger is currently accepting new patients at Berkshire Family Practice Associates, located on the North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center. To make an appointment, call 413-664-5550.
 




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Bricks Falling from North Adams Mill Causes Sidewalk Closure

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This drone image taken by Nick Mantello in 2017 shows how the interior of the mill is gone. A concrete pad was poured along the north side and steel struts put in place to stabilize the wall. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The sidewalk is once again closed on the south side of Union Street along the historic Hoosac Mill because of falling bricks. 
 
The century-old mill had a catastrophic roof collapse more than a decade ago, caused by excessive snow load, and the interior had to be gutted and the walls fortified. 
 
The nearly 200 yards of sidewalk was closed off for months and years at a time after the collapse and again several years ago as owner Ariel Sutain worked with an engineering firm to try to save some elements of the distinctive sawtooth roof.
 
The "serrated" roof configuration was made to allow for east-facing windows that brought light into the 265,000 square-foot textile mill. Those windows were covered over years ago.
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