GOWANDA - TLC Health Network is pleased to announce the donation of a 43 acre parcel of land by Mrs. Bertha Hiller and her family for the reestablishment of Tri-County Memorial Hospital.
Hiller is a former long-time Gowanda resident who now resides in Florida. The parcel is located at the intersection of Route 39, Jolls Road and Stafford Road in the town of Perrysburg, approximately 1.5 miles from the previous site.
"We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Hiller for this exceptionally generous donation. Mrs. Hiller's thoughtfulness is not only a gesture of support for our organization, but is an act of kindness to the entire region served by Tri-County Memorial Hospital," said Jonathan I. Lawrence, President and CEO of TLC Health Network. "This outstanding location will enable us to deliver essential health care services close to our previous site, without the threats posed by future flood events, and with room for future expansion."
Lawrence also expressed his gratitude to the community leaders and citizens of Gowanda and Perrysburg for their enthusiastic support, stating that "the board and staff of TLC are thankful for the ongoing expressions of support and donations from the community. Everyone throughout the region may be assured that we are diligently working with FEMA, the New York State Department of Health, and many others to open the doors of a new facility in the shortest possible time."
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, whose assistance helped release $18.5 million in FEMA funding to rebuild the hospital, is scheduled to tour the site today at noon. Joining him will be State Senator Cathy Young, State Assemblyman Joe Giglio, Gowanda Mayor Richard Klancer, Perrysburg Mayor Anthony Kota and children from Ms. Samarra's second-grade class at Gowanda Central School, who wrote letters last year to Sen. Schumer urging him to get involved.
TLC Health Network is an affiliate of the Lake Erie Regional Health System which also includes Lake Shore Hospital in Irving, and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.