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Hochul expected to announce funding for new Brooks-TLC

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon Cornell University sold a parcel in June on East Main Street, Fredonia, for $720,000 where a new Brooks Hospital is proposed to be built.

A new Brooks-TLC Hospital System facility in the village of Fredonia may soon be reality.

On Monday, state Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected at the State University of New York at Fredonia to “make a health-care announcement.” Her visit is expected during the afternoon as top leaders in the state capital have taken note of the need for a new health-care facility that would serve northern Chautauqua, western Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties.

Deficits have totaled more than $60 million since 2018 at the outdated and aging facility at 529 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. According to a recent community gathering, those losses could be reduced to $671,000 in 2030 at a new, state-of-the art facility at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site off East Main Street.

Monday’s gathering is expected to include Kaleida Health, which will soon accept Brooks-TLC as an affiliate hospital through the deal.

More than $70 million for the project was announced in 2016 and 2017. However, fiscal battles in Albany, a COVID pandemic and northern Chautauqua County’s debate over the future location, had slowed the project from reaching the finish line.

Plans for the proposed structure include emergency services with 12 bays, 15 medical and surgical beds, four surgical suites and two rooms for procedure, imaging with CT scans, MRI and ultrasound, stat lab services, a pharmacy, support services and a helipad.

Last June, Brooks-TLC announced it had secured the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site to the west of the roundabout on East Main Street with support from the state Health Department.

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