|Adams Community Bank Donates $100,000 to COVID-19 Relief Fund|
|April 3, 2020
For Immediate Release
ADAMS COMMUNITY BANK DONATES $100,000 TO COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
PITTSFIELD, MA— Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has announced a major gift to its COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was recently established to help the health system battle the coronavirus pandemic. The gift of $100,000 from Adams Community Bank will be used to help defray the costs of providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital caregivers and staff on the front lines of the health crisis. In addition to this gift, Adams Community Bank has also committed to funding one month of emergency childcare for BHS employees, totaling up to $25,000, through an arrangement with the Berkshire Family YMCA.
The coronavirus is placing unprecedented financial pressures on health care systems nationwide, including Berkshire Health Systems. Like all hospitals in the state, Berkshire Medical Center has been directed by the governor to halt all elective procedures.
“This measure has effectively paused all outpatient care, which typically provides at least 50 percent of BMC’s annual revenue,” explained David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Heath Systems. “At the same time, expenses related to patient care and emergency operations during the pandemic have risen dramatically. Support from donors in any amount is critically important to helping us support our caregivers and all our staff in responding to the needs of our community.”
Phelps continued, “We are so grateful for our friends at Adams Community Bank. As BHS confronts the rising costs of battling the wide-scale spread of COVID-19, this support from ACB provides a much-needed boost to our efforts. The generosity of Adams Community Bank clearly demonstrates that compassion and kindness are alive and well in the Berkshires.”
“The foundation of our bank is community,” explained Charles P. O’Brien, president and CEO of Adams Community Bank. “When we saw that the coronavirus had quickly taken hold here in the Berkshires, we knew we had to act. By supporting Berkshire Medical Center and Berkshire Health Systems, we will be helping to provide critical support for our health care providers, nurses, and support staff.” O’Brien added, “This is an amazing community, and we hope that our gifts will inspire many others to reach out with support for our hospital during this difficult time.”
Adams Community Bank is an independent, community savings bank located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and headquartered in Adams, MA. Adams Community Bank's savings bank charter was incorporated in 1869 and has eight branch locations in the region, located in Adams, Cheshire, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, North Adams and Williamstown. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender.
Berkshire Medical Center, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, is a 298-bed community teaching hospital serving the residents of Berkshire County and the neighboring areas. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Berkshire Health Systems’ mission is to improve the health of all people in the Berkshires and surrounding communities, regardless of their ability to pay. To support Berkshire Health Systems in its fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/COVID19ReliefFund.