BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The board of the Lake Erie Regional Health System voted Tuesday to continue the process of trying to sell Lake Shore Health Care Center. They say offers received so far have been insufficient.
The board says they met Tuesday for their monthly meeting and conducted business as normal. In the meeting they learned more about marketing the hospital. The board says they have many leads and they will follow each of them. The board says they will not negotiate in public or share information about these opportunities at this time.
The Attorney for Tony Borrello, the Chautauqua County businessman who has offered to buy a Lake Shore Hospital for between $11 and 15 million says he is “very optimistic and hopeful” that the hospital and its related services can be saved.
Buffalo Attorney Barry Covert, of Lipsitz Green, says he has been talking to one of the Lake Shore board members and is encouraged that a deal can be worked out.
Covert says “I am assured by the board that they will be acting diligently and in good faith that this happens (sale to Borrello). Because it is in everyone’s best interest to make this happen. I consider this to be negotiations so I don't believe that we've been ultimately rejected."
Critics of Lake Shore’s managing consultant UPMC Hamot, which was brought in to ostensibly make Lake Shore a more viable health center, alleged that there has been an orchestrated attempt to instead close Lake Shore Hospital and move patients and equipment to Brooks Memorial.
Brooks has a relationship with Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania where some of its patients needing more serious treatment are sent. Scott Butler, a spokesman for the mother organization of Lake Shore Brooks and Gowanda health facilities, has denied any moves regarding Lake Shore are geared toward financial gain for Hamot.
The board met Tuesday night after earlier announcing almost two weeks ago that the hospital would be closing. Borrello, says Barry Covert, “is a hopeful buyer who wants to make this happen and do whatever it takes to make it happen.” Covert says he has assurances “the board wants to work out any details to make sure the facility stays there and is viable and operating and is there for the community in a top-notch way.”
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