SILVER CREEK – An effort to save one of Chautauqua County’s largest employers received a major boost over the weekend when hundreds of people attended a rally to show their support.
According to a published report, supporters from throughout the county were at Silver Creek High School Saturday afternoon as part of the “Save Lake Shore Hospital” rally. The event was organized by Senator Cathy Young and featured other local, state and federal leaders along with hospital employees and residents.
During the rally, several individuals came forward to explain how the hospital provided an invaluable service to the community. In addition, local officials including Senator Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Congressman Tom Reed all said that as long as the community stays united, there is a good chance the hospital will keep its doors open.
In October, hospital officials made the surprising announcement that Lakeshore – which is located in Irving – would close early this year due to financial difficulties. Since then, the community and officials have derided the decision, saying the hospital is crucial to the health and economy of the north county. Over 450 people are employed by the facility. It is currently in the process of reorganizing under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.