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Taking action to save Lake Shore

December 4, 2013

“We are open for business and we continue to provide quality care for our patients,” said Scott Butler, public relations director for Lake Shore Health Care Cente....

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Dec-07-13 12:16 PM

Steiner: The population has been declining for fifty years! This is not a current trend, nor something to blame on liberals. NY state government has been republican controlled for 44 of the last 48 years. commentor: Silver Creek doesn't have a hospital. It is in Irving. Silver Creek, Forestville, Hanover, Sheridan, Gowanda, the Res…They in fact do need a hospital. So put down your crack pipe.

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Dec-04-13 4:42 PM

These small hospitals are faced with a large population of people with "bad backs" who moved here( or are the 3rd generation) to "get that free insurance through the state" of course its not free for taxpayers. This cadillac of health plans doesn't re imburse hospitals for all the money and testing. "sleep studies" ordered for folks who got up at noon, took a nap before dinner, then fell asleep in the chair after dinner, then can't sleep at night..why not? Countless patients entering the ER with mild respiratory infections demanding medications so they could smoke their cigarettes without coughing? yup it happens!Meanwhile businesses leave, and so do most of the bright young people. Add a few more layers of upper management, doing God knows what, and Lake Shore was a ticking timebomb that finally went off. I hope IT can be resucitated!

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Dec-04-13 10:33 AM

Silver Creek does not need a full blown hospital and nursing home. It needs an emergency center.

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Dec-04-13 10:09 AM

Lake Shore is a for-profit operation. The truth is the Bd of Directors and senior management ran the operation poorly for years.

Unless the current owners get serious abut running a profitable operation by getting the right managers involved and making the right decisions to make Lake Shore a viable operating enterprise, it will close and stay that way.

Ms Westlund is wrong-wrong-wrong yet again. Despite the public need, politicians are the LAST people who should be involved as they have ZERO experience in running a complex business like a hospital, let alone their current job IS NOT a for-profit managerial position.

This is a private enterprise matter, not a public one. For someone who claims to want less government, and less government in business, Ms Westlund is not all-that-surprising hypocritical calling for government involvement.

The folks in Northern Chautauqua need to get a grip and realize they are relatively helpless in this one.

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Dec-04-13 9:28 AM

The Incorporating of the United States Healthcare system at work.

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Dec-04-13 8:33 AM

Hey vicki, a major decline in population in this area ? that has to be right wing propaganda.we are booming ! Yep, this area is in a serious decline and nothing is changing to stop it. we cant frack. The lack of jobs make the young people move out. I cant wait to se it in 5 or 6 years. It will be much worse. the libs will call for a tax increase and windmills. Vicki, who would have thought that in our lifetimes, we would be like detroit ! Detroit is a great public employee achievment.

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