IRVING, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some doctors and staff members at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving are actively fighting a move to close the facility.
They believe Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the giant UPMC Health Care Network, misled them into thinking they would rescue the hospital months ago, but are now orchestrating Lake Shore's closing.
A staff member said, "We feel snowed because it just looks like the whole time they were lying to us."
A concerned citizen added, "I think they probably knew all along that they would not be able to help sustain Lake Shore and that they were ultimately going to close the facility."
State Senator Cathy Young says she wants financial data from Lake Shore and an emergency meeting with Interim CEO Gary Rhodes, who is also Vice President of UPMC Hamot.
In a Rhodes' memo News 4 obtained, he tells the Board of Directors about the emergency meeting: "We will have it, when we are ready to have it." He says of Senator Young: "she is very critical of every move we are making."
Others are also critical, including one board member of Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York who told me he will vote against closing Lake Shore.
Thomas Postle said, "I will vote no because I feel that the hospital...they can other steps to save the hospital. We bought into this and now it's not, 'We'll help you.' It's a takeover. Those are my words. It's a total takeover."
People are signing petitions to save Lake Shore Hospital. They say if the hospital is closed, it would be devastating to the community.
David Farley of J.D.'s Hanford Market said, "As far as the 460-something people that are going to be losing their jobs, a lot of these people come down at lunchtime for a sandwich and stuff like that before they get back to work."
Silver Creek resident Kathy Jones added, "I want that hospital to stay opened. It's a big part of the community. I think if it closed, it would be devastating."
Rhodes says he will consent to an interview with News 4 next week. He says people are giving out the wrong facts but wouldn't answer any questions regarding his memo.
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