Lake Shore Shore Health Center in Irving, courtesy tlchealth.org
IRVING, NY - About two weeks ago the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York (LERHSNY) announced that the Lake Shore Health Center would close its doors for good on January 31, 2014. Since then, local officials have been scrambling to find a way to keep the hospital which serves this Southern Tier community open.
On Sunday, Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards told us those efforts may have borne fruit.
"I learned that they were looking at a potential sale of that facility and through those efforts there was an identification of a local buyer who was interested in acquiring the Lake Shore property. ... It appears that an offer has been structured and that offer is scheduled to be presented to the LERHSNY board of directors this week."
Edwards wouldn't say who the potential buyer but he's hopeful that local control of the facility will serve the community's goal of preserving as many of the services that are currently offered and the maximum number of jobs.
All interested parties have a 90-day window from the time the decision was reached to find a way to keep the hospital open, he said.
We'll have more on the effect the closing of the Lake Shore Health Center would have on the Southern Tier in Channel 2 News at 6 and our later broadcasts.