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Tumblr, I need your help. The city of North Adams, Mass. needs your help.

This is the North Adams Regional Hospital. Today is Wednesday. Yesterday, Tuesday, the Northern Berkshire Healthcare board of trustees, the entity that owns the hospital, announced that they will be closing on FRIDAY. 

This was not due to malpractice or anything of the sort. It is due to poor management and an inability to find ways to sustain the business end of the hospital and continue to make money.

This was all unknown to the community, the staff, and the patients until yesterday. It wasn’t a secret hidden from the paper, with the staff fully aware. It was a complete surprise dumped on literally everyone who wasn’t on the board of trustees. 

The closure of this hospital will cause around 500 people staffed at the hospital to loose their jobs in a matter of days. Their benefits subsequently run out on the 31st. 

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North Adams is a city in Northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. It is home to 13,708 people. 22% of those people are at or below the poverty line. The unemployment rate in 2010 was 10.3%.  It is higher than the unemployment rate of the entire county OR the state. 

North Adams is also home to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, whose Health Services only operate on a M-F, 9-5 basis. If MCLA students become sick during any of those off-hours they were often found heading to the hospital, usually with the assistance of Public Safety or a free taxi ride from the school.

Now, these students, as well as any of the North Adams, Williamstown, Cheshire, Savoy, and Florida residents will be required to either drive the 20 minutes north to Bennington, VT’s hospital or the 30 minutes south to Pittsfield. 

Let me refresh you on those numbers I mentioned earlier. 

10.3% unemployment. Just about 20% at or below poverty. A college where the majority of the student body does not have a car.

North Adams is not a city that can handle not having a hospital. These are people who do not have cars, or jobs to fund potentially having a car. Luckily, the North Adams Ambulance Service will continue to operate; but really, who wants to take an ambulance ride for a sinus infection, or if they cut themselves chopping vegetables and just need a few stitches?

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Oh, and did I mention that the Hospice Care will be closing as well, sending all of its patients back into their homes, a relative’s home, or out on the street without adequate care?

Please, I don’t implore the aid of Tumblr often.  But this time, I could really use it. Please. We got some kid a fluffy chicken, we can help save lives. Because that’s really what this boils down to. People WILL die if this hospital closes.

All I’m asking is that if for some reason you don’t have time to actually sign the petition, please reblog this so other people can see it. And if you do have time to sign the petition to keep the hospital open, I will be eternally grateful. 

This is my second home. This is a city that can flourish and be a jewel of Western Massachusetts if it is only given the chance and not hindered by things like this.

You can sign the petition HERE. It was made by a friend of mine who is very passionate about the matter, and she has written a great summary for those who might see it but not this post/the articles in the paper.

For those who want to see more of this, there is another article HERE, from the Boston Globe. And you can keep up on the story from the area newspaper’s facebook page HERE.

PLEASE. This is so important to the entire community of the Northern Berkshire County. It only takes a minute to sign the petition. 

Thank you.

(Photos by Stephanie Zollshan / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

Eu sei que sou apenas um efeito colateral. Somos, na verdade.
Eu sei que sou o resultado de uma amizade do passado, de um amor que não deu certo e de uma briga no bar da esquina. Nunca liguei muito para tudo e muito menos para todos, sempre gostei da solidão.
Acontece que nunca fui protagonista na minha própria história, eu sou apenas um figurante e ser figurante é isso: Não esperar muito, ser um efeito colateral, se fazer naquilo que ninguém mais quer. O figurante age com coordenadas e é basicamente isso que faço em todos esses anos, está tudo no piloto automático. Estou repetindo os mesmos gestos milhares de vezes ao dia e não tem nada que me faça parar. Eu virei um robô.
Existem pessoas que nadam à favor da correnteza e outras que nadam contra a correnteza. Qual delas eu sou? Nenhuma. Eu saí do rio. Estou na beirada vendo tudo acontecer, uma carne na mão direita; na esquerda uma cerveja; bem na minha frente está a vida e ela passa, eu fico.
Eu estou evoluindo mentalmente, sim, as ideias estão evoluindo e todo o ciclo feito na adolescência, hoje já não me presta nem 90%. Mas quanto mais eu me entendo como gente, menos quero estar perto de pessoas; quanto mais me descubro, menos quero me conhecer.
Eu estou feliz, a quem diga que não, por estar instalado em um espaço oco. Apenas eu. Aqui não tem nada além de uma mistura de tudo que fui no passado. Eu sou feito de momentos, não o agora ou o futuro, mas os momentos do passado. Eu sou o que vi, li, vivi, sofri e descobri. Eu fui feito por pessoas que amei, que me fizeram chorar, que eu fiz chorar e que me despedi. Eu sou de tudo um pouco, e desse tudo um pouco, todos me chamam de nada.
—  Rubens Miranda.

nadam se da će direktna i otvorena komunikacija biti trend u 2017. da si barem međusobno olakšamo život

Draga 2015,

Ne moraš biti spektakularna. Ne mora se desiti neko veliko čudo. Neće se promeniti čitav svet… Sve što tražim je da budeš barem malo bolja nego što je bila prošla godina. Želim da se stvari menjaju na bolje. Želim da ljudi postanu bolji nego što jesu. I da svet postane malo ugodnije mesto za život. Želim da osetim, i vidim mesta i stvari koje do sada nisam. A, ja ću se tako menjati sa tim stvarima. I nadam se naučiti bolje da živim u sadašnjosti. Jer ona je najvažnija. Pustite stvari da se dese. Onako kako vi želite. Radeći naporno na njima.

sa ljubavlju,
ja.