IRVING - The Lake Erie Regional Health System Board of Directors has ratified the appointment by the TLC Health Network Board of Directors of John Galati as interim CEO of TLC Health Network which includes Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving and outpatient facilities in Gowanda, Forestville, Derby, Cassadaga, and Conewango Valley.
Since the recent establishment of a separate board under the Lake Erie Regional Health System Board of Directors, the TLC Board has been evaluating all options on the table for Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving.
"We want to reassure the community that Lake Shore is still open for business during this time of transition," stated TLC Board Member Dr. James Wild, "and we are committed to maintaining our high standards for patient care as we continue to review our options for the future. We believe John will be a tremendous asset to our organization in this regard and is perfectly suited to helping our organization find its way through this period of uncertainty."
As part of his duties as interim CEO of TLC Health Network, Galati has been charged with reassessing all aspects of Lake Shore Health Care Center's ability to provide health care to the people of Northern Chautauqua, Southern Erie, and Western Cattaraugus Counties in a financially sustainable manner.
"There may still be opportunities to provide local access to quality health care services in this community," Galati said. "From my first visit to Lake Shore, I have been impressed with the caliber of the staff and their welcoming nature. I can also see the commitment and dedication that the employees, medical staff, volunteers and board members have for this facility and this community. I have heard several stories about the community's strong support of Lake Shore, as well. My goal is to bring the various stakeholders together to develop a common understanding and direction for the future of TLC and improve communication at all levels. We need to define the next steps as entire process moves forward."
"The TLC Board is hoping to maintain access to health care for Irving and the surrounding communities," added Wild, "and preserve services that can be sustained long- term."
Galati has indicated that he and the TLC Health Network Board of Directors will be in regular contact with the New York State Department of Health while they explore various options. He has also stated that he will be looking to gather pertinent information from employees, medical staff members, local legislators, community members, emergency responders, and other key parties that may be able to provide additional guidance on the situation at hand.
Galati comes to TLC Health Network with an extensive background in health care administration that spanned 36 years and included the President and CEO of Clifton Springs Hospital, Chief Operating Officer of WCA Hospital in Jamestown and Assistant Administrator with Spencer Hospital in Meadville PA. He also was an Officer in the US Army Medical Service Corp. He has a Master's degree in Health Services Administration from SUNY Stony Brook and was a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Level Executive Award. Galati currently resides in Pittsford, NY with his wife. They have two children and four grandsons.