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Lakeside hospital in Brockport to shut down

Rochester Business Journal
April 22, 2013

Brockport’s Lakeside Memorial Hospital is shutting down.

Hospital staff was informed of the shutdown in a noon meeting Monday.

Lakeside officials learned recently funds the health system had hoped to secure from the state would not be available, bringing the struggling hospital’s long-term financial woes to a turning point, Lakeside chairwoman Nancy Plews said.

The Brockport health system had hoped to secure funding from the state’s Vital Access Provider Fund, but the state money did not materialize, Plews said.

The health system’s 120-bed nursing home, which sits adjacent to the hospital, would not be affected by the hospital shutdown, Plews said. The health system’s urgent care center in Spencerport will also remain open. Both could still shut down, however.

Decisions as to the nursing home, the urgent care center and the health system’s two owned primary care medical practices would be made at a future date, Lakeside spokesperson Stacy Wright said.

Lakeside had acknowledged it would have to close the Brockport hospital as an acute care facility. But as recently as last Friday, officials had nurtured hopes of keeping the  emergency department open under waiver from the state Department of Health that would let the hospital keep some beds in operation for observation.

The Brockport hospital’s emergency department plans to stop seeing patients after 2 p.m. Friday. Diagnostic laboratory services are to cease at 5 p.m. that day. Lakeside had stopped admitting inpatients on Saturday. It plans to transfer any remaining inpatients to other area hospitals next Saturday.

Unity Health System whose Greece hospital sits closest to Brockport stands ready to accept patients, Unity officials said.

“It’s unfortunate when a community hospital closes, and this news is certainly a loss for the Brockport community. Our primary interest today is making sure physicians and patients have ready access to the excellent services we provide at Unity Health System,” Unity Health System spokeswoman Natalie Ciao said in an email.

“Given the current economy and complexities, it's becoming increasingly difficult for smaller rural hospitals to survive. This news requires all of us to consistently evaluate our organizations and operations, and make decisions that insure our ability to serve our communities in the longer term.”

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