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Rep. Reed says $5M allocated for hospital

January 16, 2014

Rep. Tom Reed said Wednesday upward of $5 million will be allocated to Lake Shore Hospital through the Federal Emergency Management Agency....

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Jan-16-14 7:08 PM

Please forgive me in advance Tracy but in response I have to say it's because Judeye keeps hollering at Rep Reed for not doing anything for our district.

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Jan-16-14 12:33 PM

Lakeshore is the only facility with chemical dependency and mental health units within40 miles and those have no extra beds because they have been eliminated. It is the only one with a nursing home attached to a hospital for a quick transfer to ER when needed rather than a 20 to 30 mile trip. It is the only facility with an intergenerational day care program. It is a 220 bed facility and Brooks has only 65 20 of which are maternity. It's ER already has a typical 4 hr. wait time( ask those who go there and many times the EMS have to wait in a hall with a patient. How many doctors have offices at Brook's Lakeshore has a whole professional wing who will have no place to practice( they also have staff privileges at the hospital and are from Kalidia Health. UPMC is only how many medical practices they can buy up to promote their practice building ideas. This evidenced by a new lab being built for Medicor patients in SC so they don't go to Lakeshore. Do the research folks before you speak!

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Jan-16-14 12:21 PM

It is clear from all the comments thus far that no one was at the rally to hear what really has gone on. You didn't hear the plans that were shot down by the UMPC members of the board to diversify because their only motive is their profit. They are a 10 BILLON dollar a yr global corporation hiding under the guise of nonprofit and having several profit making companies hidden within the corporate structure. They have been sued for violating anti- trust laws and non profit laws. Read the Wikipedia well documented article on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Brooks aligned themselves with a hospital out of state for specialized care so UPMC 's intent was to just close LS and raze the property( they did it to a PA. property so they could market the real estate. WNY insurances will not pay for that type of care out of state( at least most that people could afford) They are playing hardball with lives and jobs. Area can't support 700 jobs gone in 6 months( Petri's)

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Jan-16-14 11:18 AM

This money is for Cap Ex, and not for operating expense -- which is what ails LSH and drove it into bankruptcy.

Not sure what the $5M extra Cap Ex does for any potential buyer -- clearly, LSH expanded and hence operated at an unsustainable level for years. So, building on an overbuilt operation makes little sense, whereas a new buyer would prudently curtail operations to make the hospital more viable and ts new business model more sustainable.

Sadly, this is a typical Fat Uncle Fester Reed stunt: a lot of showmanship and noise, but very little if any of substance. This area needs federal spending dollars, seeing how we pay more than we receive -- but this $5M Cap Ex money is meaningless t the current situation or the community's larger overall issues.

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Jan-16-14 10:56 AM

Why is this even a federal issue to begin with? I guess only so that the congressman can be seen as bringing home the bacon. Sigh. Wouldn't it be better if the tax money--that gets sent to DC, has part of it skimmed off to line someone's pockets somewhere along the way, and is returned to NYS so that a member of Congress can look like a hero--stayed in NYS so that we could wrangle about these things locally where it makes sense to? But then you'd have to support repealing the 16th Amendment…which is being sponsored by an actual "tea party" congressman, Jim Bridenstine. And then you'd fall out of favor with John Boehner and Steve LaTourette of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a misnomer if ever there was one. So I guess I won't hold my breath.

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Jan-16-14 9:43 AM

Chris.. people haven't stopped going there because of the quality of care. If anything, I've heard the opposite.

The reality is that there just aren't people to go there anymore. Population is dwindling.

While an "urgent care" might work, it will have to be staffed as an ER. The time to transport to Brooks or Buffalo can be a matter of life or death.

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Jan-16-14 9:39 AM

Thank you to Rep. Reed and his staff for all of their work on this.

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Jan-16-14 9:19 AM

What if... just this once... we let nature take its course and the hospital can be left to close? Even if this hospital is "rescued" it won't matter when all of the newly found "supporters" stop going there when the realize, "Oh yeah - the care at Lakeshore *****. Now I remember why I stopped going there." Then we will be in this same boat. Instead, lets let Borrello buy the land, knock it down, put up his water park strip mall utopia and include a BRAND spankin new Urgent Care right out in the open.

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