Saturday's rally to save Lake Shore Health Care Center was more than a community gathering, it also brought good news.
State Sen. Catharine Young announced funding had been secured to keep the hospital in operation for the time being. "I am thrilled to announce today that (Friday) I worked feverishly with the state Health Department and was able to secure $1 million in state emergency funds," Young said during the rally. "That's great news because if the doors get shut and then locked, it would be very difficult to continue our efforts to save Lake Shore."
A bankruptcy court gave the hospital more time on Monday and another hearing will take place on Jan. 22.
Buying time brings some optimism for keeping the facility in operation. It is a positive development.