Lake Erie Regional Health System is opening a temporary site in Gowanda in May while it continues plans to replace the shuttered Tri-County Memorial Hospital.
The organization last week submitted a certificate-of-need application with the state Health Department to certify an extension clinic at 34 Commercial St. to provide primary medical care, radiology-diagnostics and clinical laboratory outpatient services.
The $2.3 million project calls for leasing space at 34 Commercial St., former home to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. A mobile unit will be added onto the back side of the facility, doubling the size of the overall facility.
The clinic will help fill a need for services since Tri-County closed in August of 2009 following severe flooding in the Gowanda area. The hospital will be rebuilt in nearby Perrysburg on a 43-acre parcel of donated land.
Scott Butler, vice president for community relations, says the main portion of the facility will house the Gowanda Urgent Care Center, offering emergency care for minor issues, such as broken bones and stitches. The back side will house Gowanda Medical Center, offering primary care services such as check-ups and cold and flu care.
The site will remain open until the new hospital is opened in late 2012 or early 2013, Butler says.
"That's important for us that the community have some place to go at all times," he says.
The filing came from TLC Health Network-Lake Shore Hospital, an affiliate of the Lake Erie Regional Health System. The system also includes Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.
Plans for the temporary site require administrative review by DOH staff.