DUNKIRK, NY - The formal merger of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk and TLC Health Network in Irving was finalized Tuesday.

The new organization will be called Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc.

The merge required approval from the NYS Department of Health through the Certificate of Need Process, as well as filings with the State Attorney General and the NY Secretary of State.

“The merger is another step in our transition to preserve and enhance access to quality healthcare service for Southern Erie and Chautauqua Counties,” said Christopher Lanski, Board Chair of Brooks Memorial Hospital.

Lanski will serve as Board Chair for Brooks-TLC Hospital Systems, Inc.

Brooks Memorial and TLC Health Network have been operating under Kaleida Health.

Mary LaRowe, President and CEO of Brooks Memorial Hospital and TLC Health Network will serve as President and CEO of Brooks-TLC Hospital Systems.

“These are extremely challenging times for rural hospitals,” she says. “Sadly, across

the nation we are seeing more and more rural hospitals close due to inability to cope with the

impact of reduced reimbursement for services. This will not be the case for Southern Erie and

Chautauqua Counties. We are excited about the future of healthcare in our region."