The board of directors for the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York will be discussing a potential buyer for the Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving this week.
Though not commenting specifically on the current potential purchaser, Lake Erie Regional Health System spokesman Scott Butler reiterated on Saturday evening that the group has been looking for a buyer. Others connected to the hospital also expressed hope for the sale, but said more information is needed.
Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York is currently working in an arrangement with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
On Oct. 16, the Lake Erie Regional Health board announced the January closing of Lake Shore hospital. In the news release, it stated 460 jobs would be impacted by the closing.
Lake Shore Health Care Center became part of the Lake Erie Regional Health System in 2008 when it merged with Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. The merger of the two facilities happened after the Berger Commission recommended the closure of the care center in 2006.
Before the merger, Lake Shore had serious financial issues. And, after a devastating flood in 2009, the facility received federal aid that boosted its bottom line. This year, however, the facility is on track to lose $7 million.
Woes of the facility began in March when former Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Lawrence was removed from the post. Later, in the summer, some 100 layoffs at both Brooks and Lake Shore took place.
Currently, the hospital is slated for closure on Jan. 31.