Lake Shore Hospital withdraws plans for closing, layoffs

IRVING — Things are looking up for the Lake Shore Hospital.

On Tuesday, employees were notified the hospital and TLC Health Network are making progress, indicating the facility will remain open.

“On August 26, TLC Health Network mailed letters to all of its employees stating that the health system was rescinding its previous WARN notifications,” according to a statement from Scott Butler, TLC spokesman. “The cancellation of the potential layoffs comes on the heels of approvals by the Department of Health to continue its operations independently from Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York and withdraw all previously established closure plans.

“At a recent Bankruptcy Court hearing, permission was also granted to TLC Health Network to present its own plan for reorganization sometime this fall as a means of exiting Chapter 11 and in lieu of pursuing a sale of Lake Shore Health Care.

In the meantime, TLC and all of its facilities remain open with the assistance of a $6.6 million (federal) grant and some operational improvements that have already been introduced.

“As TLC’s Board and administrative team work together with various community stakeholders to formulate a reorganization plan, all are excited about the positive trajectory the organization seems to be on and our potential for continuing to deliver high-quality health care in this community for many years to come.”