|NARH opens walking paths on campus|
Aug 28, 2013
(NORTH ADAMS, MA) North Adams Regional Hospital has opened a walking trail for use by visitors and employees. The trail’s construction was funded by a donation from Ellen Bernstein of Williamstown, a member of the Board of Trustees of Northern Berkshire Healthcare.
“This trail, besides offering a peaceful place to escape for a few minutes, is also a symbol of how healthcare providers are thinking differently today,” said NBH President Tim Jones. “In the future we will do much more to promote good health habits like walking.”
The trail entrance is located next to the helicopter pad at North Adams Regional Hospital, adjacent to the Ambulatory Care Center (doctors’ office building). It offers two loops; the shorter of the two is one-quarter mile and the longer is nearly half a mile long. The shorter, more level trail is marked by green ribbons and the longer trail by orange ribbons. The trails wind through wooded land north of NARH. The land is part of the original parcel donated when the hospital was opened in 1885.
Construction of the trail was accomplished with Ms. Bernstein’s donation, by NARH’s facilities crew. Director of Facilities Darryl Smith said clearing the path and building four bridges took approximately six weeks on a part-time basis and involved ten members of the NBH facilities department. The hospital will add raised garden beds near the trail entrance next year, and will also be planting various types of fruit trees on the campus.
Creation of the trail is in addition to other changes on the hospital campus designed to improve wellness among employees and visitors. They include several mini farmer’s markets held at the cafeteria and a weekly opportunity for employees to order organic produce from Berkshire Organics.