Updated 02/28/2013 10:55 PM
Brockport Community Responds to Lakeside Hospital's Proposed Changes
Lakeside Hospital held a neighborhood meeting Thursday night to discuss its plans to transition into an outpatient facility, but the topic quickly changed to the hospital seeking to retain its emergency department, an announcement the CEO recently made. Residents are worried that downsizing the facility will cost lives.
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"They had me to Lakeside in 15 minutes. That's the window you have before it starts taking effect," said Cora Schrader.
For Schrader, a diabetic patient who had mistakenly taken eight times the amount of prescribed insulin, 15 minutes is all you have.
"It could kill you. It would have taken at least a half hour to get to Unity, Highland or Strong," she said.
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In fact, like Cora, many residents in the Brockport area rely on having a hospital nearby.
"The kinds of impatient admissions that have have historically been in Lakeside Hospital are now those conditions that are mostly treated on an outpatient basis," said Lakeside CEO Jim Cummings.
But at a public meeting Wednesday, Cummings explained that fewer inpatient admissions have drained Lakeside's revenue.
"Whether we make a change this year or three years from now, the change is going to have to be made," Cummings said.
Cummings says the hospital will downsize to include urgent care, an outpatient pharmacy and imaging services, all through an affiliation with the University of Rochester.
And as of a few days ago, Lakeside says there's a good chance the emergency room will stay open. However, patients who need to be admitted will have to be transported to a larger hospital.
Dozens of residents came to voice their concerns but some felt their words fell on deaf ears.
"We're not hearing the whole story. All of this was decided long before this meeting, we really didn't have any input," said one resident.
Lakeside will be submitting its emergency department proposal to the state this week.
"People care about this hospital. They want the hospital to stay and I just hope the management listens to the people," a resident said.
For more than 70 years, the hospital's slogan, "Get In, Get Out, and Get Home" has become bittersweet as it transitions into an outpatient facility.