Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Engert said a consultant would be brought in to help the supervisors and the public better understand the challenges hospitals are facing. A consultant would offer insight on industry trends and advice concerning a sustainability plan for the Newfane hospital.
The letter mentions a plan for keeping certain services intact at the William Street facility. Supervisors are asking for a way to keep radiology, cardiac, laboratory, dialysis, physical therapy and emergency room services going at Newfane.
As for the advisory committee, Engert said both the supervisors and ENH reps agreed it would be helpful. The committee as proposed might consist of a single representative from each town and the city, as well as Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross and the Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton.
The purpose of the advisory committee would be to promote continued dialogue and communication between ENH and the community. The committee would have no binding authority to make any decision concerning ENH.
Communication between ENH and the community has been an issue, Horanburg said. When it became clear the Newfane hospital was struggling, Horanburg said no one knew the details of what was going on. That includes elected officials, emergency workers and fire company volunteers.
“We’ve should’ve been brought in a long time ago,” Horanburg said. “There could be some good ideas out there.”Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.