Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Connie and Ron Ebbs said they’ve taken the level of care at Lakeside Hospital for granted in recent years, but it was there when her family needed it.
In the years after their hometown hospital, the old Arnold Gregory Memorial, closed the Ebbs and many other families in eastern and central Orleans County have benefited from the care at the Brockport facility.
For the Ebbs, the dominant memory is the night their son had appendicitis. On their doctor’s advisement, they raced to Lakeside, where surgeons were on hand to remove the nearly-burst organ.
“We’re grateful it was there,” Ron said. “It’s a very good place.”
“It was 7:30 at night, to have to drive to the city — it’s scary to think about,” Connie added.
The Ebbs and about 40 other Orleans County residents gathered at the Hoag Library Tuesday to speak with Lakeside officials about a transformation of service that is swiftly approaching at their beloved but under-utilized hospital.
Lakeside announced major changes in February, initially that the emergency room and in-patient services would be gone in months. Discussions with state officials required for a such a move led to a new course — maintaining emergency services and a greatly reduced in-patient service under a new model by May 1.
“We had to show a model to respond to the community’s demands and have a sustainable financial model,” Lakeside Chief Executive Office Jim Cummings told the audience. “We saw we could make emergency model work with five beds for overnight observations.”
Lakeide Senior Director of Finance Leon Gossin told the crowd that Lakeside is confident that the state will get approve the plan in time to implement their new vision.
“We’ve been assured by the Depart of Health that a decision will come well before our deadline,” said Gossin, who noted that the state was entity that proposed the small in-patient/ER model used by a handful of other facilities in western New York.