IRVING – Senator Catharine Young is organizing a rally to save Lake Shore Hospital later this month. The rally will take place at Silver Creek High School on Saturday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m. The event will be co-hosted Assemblymen Andy Goodell and Joseph Giglio.
Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman David DiPietro, Congressman Tom Reed, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and County Legislator George Borrello also will take part. And the Seneca Nation of Indians, whose Cattaraugus Territory is adjacent to Lake Shore Hospital, will have a large presence.
According to Senator Young’s office, the public is strongly urged to come to show its support.
In Mid October, officials with the Lake Erie Regional Health System, which is the parent organization of Lake Shore Hospital, announced that the facility would close in early 2014 due to financial difficulties. In late October, the LERHSNY board voted to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and TLC Health Network, the operator of Lake Shore, made it official in mid-December. TLC also has appointed John Galati as Lake Shore interim CEO.
Lake Shore Hospital is one of Chautauqua County’s largest employers, with about 460 people working at the facility.