IRVING – Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, Chautauqua County, will keep its doors open.
According to a report from Time Warner News, Chautauqua County legislator George Borrello, who represents that area, said Wednesday the hospital has withdrawn a closure plan from the state health department.
The Lake Erie Regional Heath System of New York’s Board of Directors voted to close the hospital on Jan. 31 unless a buyer could be found.
Borrello said the 400 employees at the hospital will not lose their jobs, as thought initially. He said that three factors contributed to the hospital’s turnaround, Borrello said, beginning with a FEMA grant to clean up damage from 2009 flooding. A second factor was an administration and management in place whose intention was to keep the hospital open, not to close it, and third was the community support of that hospital.
In October 2013, hospital officials made the announcement that Lake Shore would close in early 2014 due to financial difficulties. As a result, the community and officials derided the decision, saying the hospital is crucial to the health and economy of the north county. A new owner of the facility is still being sought.