IRVING – Congressman Tom Reed is joining state officials in the effort to keep the doors open for Lake Shore Health Care Center, a north county hospital that is scheduled to close early next year.
In a statement on Friday, Reed said he is keeping up-to-date on the situation and he hopes that a solution can be found that ensures patients have access to the best possible care, as well preserve the more than 400 jobs that would be lost should the hospital close.
Also on Friday, Senator Cathy Young’s office released a letter that she sent to the state Health Department Commissioner, requesting that sate officials consider several factors before allowing the closing to continue. Those factors include a large senior population as well as severe weather during the winter season.
In October, Lake Shore officials made the surprising announcement that the hospital was operating at a $7 million deficit and would have to close its doors in early 2014. The closure would force residents in the tri-county region to travel a much further distance – either to Dunkirk, Hamburg or Springville – to receive immediate hospital care.