Sen. Young continuing Lake Shore efforts

Calling the future of Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving “a work in progress,” state Sen. Catharine Young continues to monitor the situation regarding the facility.

Last week, the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York announced plans to close the hospital in January. Nearly 460 jobs are expected to be lost.

Young, Assemblyman Andy Goodell and county officials were quick to act in trying to engage the state Department of Health and hospital officials.

Young said in a statement released Wednesday that she is staying on top of the matter.

“I’ve been in constant contact with my constituents over this issue. I remain deeply concerned and am committed to doing everything I can to help.,” she said.

“I have had several conversations with the State Department of Health. There has been a preliminary discussion between DOH and Lake Shore Hospital officials which I monitored closely. The situation is a work in progress and there will be follow up meetings. I’m going to continue to push for a solution that has the community’s best interest at heart. We need to preserve quality health care across the entire region,” she said.

Young’s Director of Communications Luke Slayton said a meeting with elected officials and the hospital has not yet taken place, although Young has been in communication with many people on the matter.

“We are still in an information gathering phase,” he said Wednesday.