BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) It was last month when Board Members at Sheehan Health Network announced they were submitting proposals for closure of the medical facility. It wasn't long until that idea was challenged by a group of doctors with the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, who have come out with their own proposal to keep this facility open for business.
"What we want with this proposal is a transition. We want the board to step down and transition with a new flow of ideas," Dr. Raul Vazquez said.
Dr. Vazquez said the loss of the hospital would add to the already failing economy of the area.
"You're talking another 100 to 150 jobs, and that's significant. They're not just average jobs. There is some major talent in that area," Vazquez said.
Buffalo Common Council Member and Community Advocate Rev. Darius Pridgen agrees the hospital must remain open, not only for employees, but also the thousands of patients.
"Sheehan is one of the only facilities that helps when it comes to those addicted to drugs and alcohol, but who also need medication. Other hospitals just don't do that," Pridgen said.
Hahleem Morris takes his children to Sheehan. He said the facility is in a perfect location for locals who don't have transportation. He also said there's one big factor that keeps him coming back.
"The insurance is definitely a factor. They accept individuals who don't have insurance. Also, why should I travel all over Buffalo when there's a doctor right here," Morris said.
Vazquez said there are many options for the Sheehan facility, including making it into an ambulatory surgery unit.
As for Sheehan Health Network, a spokesperson said in a statement that the board just received the doctors' proposal and will review it in the next couple of days. The board also said they appreciate the community's support.