North Adams Hospital Opens Walking Trails

Massachusetts hospital opens walking trails for visitors, employees

Northern Berkshire Healthcare cleared two paths behind the hospital to encourage a culture of health and wellness.

By Healthcare Facilities Today

Northern Berkshire Healthcare has opened two walking trails in the woods behind its hospital afor their employees and the families and visitors of patients. The trails - a one-quarter mile loop and a nearly half-mile loop - wind along a small hillside near the facility, according to an article on

The project's goal was to get people out of the building and walking when possible, such as during breaks or while waiting for a loved one to have a procedure, according the the article. Project manager Jennifer Munoz said it was part of the hospital's wish to develop "a culture of health and wellness for employees as well as patrons."

Ten hospital employees in the facilities division working part time took six weeks to construct the bridges and clear the trails.

Read the article and view the photo gallery.

August 23, 2013

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