New Effort to Save Sheehan Hospital

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Just days after the Board of Directors announced their plans to close Sheehan Health Network, a group of doctors is trying to step-in and save it.

Dr. Raul Vazquez and a group of physicians are discussing plans to save the facility by focusing on some of the services it currently does well, and hopefully turning it into a viable and sustainable health care option in the city.

"It can survive and it can survive, not by doing a lot of the things it did, but a lot of the things it does," said Vazquez, of Urban Family Practice.

Vazquez says he spoke with the state Health Commissioner on Monday, and they hope to present a plan that would allow the facility to provide specialization services to the community.

The group is working with others from Sheehan to discuss the feasibility of such a plan.

According to the New York State Department of Health, Sheehan has not yet submitted its closure plan to the state for review and approval, meaning there is still the possibility that it could be saved.

One that plan is approved by the state, Sheehan would have 90 days to notify patients and the public before being forced to close its doors.