Area and New York state officials have scheduled a rally to save the Lake Shore Health Care Center on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Silver Creek Central School.
"Although our state, federal and local representatives have been fighting to save the hospital, we need your support. It is time for our people to stand up and tell Albany that the loss of emergency care, access to vital health services and hundreds of jobs is not acceptable. We are a long way away from Albany, and it is far too easy for them to forget about us. We must let Albany know that we matter, too," said state Sen. Catharine Young, who is one of the leaders hosting the rally.
The event will take place in the high school auditorium from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. State Assemblymen Andrew Goodell and Joseph Giglio will be in attendance at the event with Young.
"This rally is our chance to have our voices heard and send Albany a clear message that we need help to save our hospital," she said. "We need a huge turnout at our rally to have maximum impact."
In October, the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York announced the hospital would close by the end of January due to financial losses of nearly $9 million. In addition, Brooks Memorial Hospital has been lending the facility funding as well.
"Please come and stand united with us," Young said. "Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Together, we can make a big difference."