IRVING – Health care workers and local elected official are petitioning to keep a local hospital open and running.
During a Tuesday morning press conference, New York State Senator George Borrello spoke to the ‘critical need’ to maintain essential healthcare services and jobs at TLC Lakeshore Hospital.
“There has been millions of dollars that the state has already invested in this facility to modernize it, to buy new equipment, and to just pull the plug is irresponsible,” said Borrello. “To continue what we could call bridge funding until we can come up with a plan to sustain lifesaving medical services in this community, that is what has to happen.”
Two weeks ago, over 160 healthcare workers at the facility were told that the location would close at the end of the month.
Workers say that geographic distance limitations and the potential loss of life-preserving specialty services in the community require at least a thoughtful and extended closure process that includes all parties.
The nearest hospital to TLC Lakeshore is located more than 40 miles away.