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Brooks-TLC Campus in Irving to close emergency department Sunday

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 08:43:56-05

IRIVING, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Brooks-TLC Hospital System announced Friday the emergency department at the TLC Campus in Irving will close indefinitely Sunday.

According to a spokesperson the closure is due to lack of staff to run the emergency department.

The spokesperson also says the emergency department had remained open after the intended January 1st facility closure date to support the inpatient behavioral services at the location.

A paramedic-staffed ambulance will be stationed at the location to transport any individuals who need emergency care.

Brooks Memorial Hospital is the closest emergency room to the Irving campus, which is a 20 to 25 minute drive.

Statement from 1199SEIU on the Closure of TLC Lakeshore Hospital ER:

“We are extremely disappointed with TLC Lakeshore’s decision to ignore the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council’s recommendation by expediting the closure of a needed emergency department and behavioral health unit this weekend. As healthcare workers who care so deeply for our patients, it is heartbreaking to think about the devastating impact this closure will have. What a terrible way to treat this community.

We call on the Brooks Hospital/TLC Board of Directors, Chairman Chris Lanski, CEO Mary LaRowe, and Kaleida Health management to sit with the community to talk about how these critical gaps in health care services will be filled. We also urge TLC/Lakeshore management to return to the bargaining table to discuss how they plan to help the healthcare workers who are now faced with losing their livelihoods.

Thank you to Senator Borrello, Assemblyman Goodell, and all the local elected officials that continue to stand with us. Most of all, thank you to the TLC/Lakeshore healthcare workers whose bravery, hard work, and tireless dedication to their patients is truly inspiring. In the coming weeks we will continue to speak out against this rushed and irresponsible closure and work towards meeting the behavioral health needs of our community.”