Hanover officials discuss options for hospital

HANOVER — Town Board members expressed their concerns regarding the recent announcement by the Brooks-TLC Hospital System to close the Lakeshore Hospital in Irving.

At this week’s board meeting, Town Board member Louis Pelletter discussed his efforts to keep the facility open. He explained that he has talked to state Sen. George Borrello and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell to see what they can do for the hospital.

Supervisor Todd Johnson also has been in contact with the region’s new senator.

“Borrello is on his way back to Albany … to meet with members of the Department of Health to disallow them to shut down on January 1,” he said.

Pelletter wants to see the hospital run as a community hospital like it was in the past, and to have the nursing home open again. “I’m going to do whatever I can to see what we can do, even if we have to give it to another health system,” said Pelletter.

According to Johnson, things may already be in the works for another system to take over the hospital. He explained that he is not at liberty to give details at this point, but did say phone calls that have been made out to different potential venues.

“Right now, our focus needs to be on the hospital,” said Johnson.

Brooks-TLC announced Dec. 3 it would be closing the Lakeshore campus. The Gowanda Urgent Care and Medical Center or TLC chemical dependency clinics in Derby and Cassadaga will remain open.

About 200 people are currently employed at Lakeshore.