NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Berkshire Medical Center is apparently the only bidder on the former North Adams Regional Hospital buildings and property.

BMC bid $4 million for the property during the NARH bankruptcy process, and others had a 45-day period -- which ended Thursday -- to submit bids.

No other bids have been received by the court before the deadline, according to Judy Crossen, chief deputy clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Massachusetts.

She noted that the bankruptcy trustee for the case, Harold Murphy, could have fielded another bid, but calls to his office were not returned.

The judge will entertain a motion on July 31 to close the bidding and award the sale to the highest bidder. Once the highest bid is accepted, a closing date to finalize the sale will be set.

The property and assets include the hospital, parking garage, office building and grounds, the VNA/Hospice as well as the family practice building and property on Route 2.

NARH closed on March 28 with three days' notice, leaving hundreds of workers jobless and Northern Berkshire without local emergency care. Northern Berkshire Healthcare, the parent company of NARH, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection shortly thereafter.

BMC has since opened a satellite emergency facility and an outpatient imaging center in the former hospital.

It has not said what other services it may offer if it acquires all the NARH assets.

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