The announcement was made after board meetings at the respective hospital systems.
“Our selection was based on both the firm’s ability to build a hospital of the size and type appropriate for our community, but also a firm having experience working with New York State regulations within a tight time frame,” said Chris Lanski, chair of the Brooks Memorial Hospital board of directors.
“I am pleased that the process is moving ahead,” added TLC Board Chair Jim Wild, MD. “I look forward to working together with Brooks and Kaleida Health in transforming TLC Health Network to better serve our patients in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and southern Erie counties."
Earlier this year, the two health care organizations announced their intentions to affiliate with Kaleida Health. This was done to help coordinate care, enhance clinical partnerships and secure the respective hospital’s presence in the region, ensuring that the health care needs of the community are met.
The opportunity to partner with Kaleida Health and its programs at the Gates Vascular Institute, Buffalo General Medical Center and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is to coordinate care so patients in the region will have access to appropriate care locally and be seamlessly transitioned to tertiary network care platforms when needed. Brooks Memorial and TLC Health will also have greater coordination of care and enhanced partnerships with Erie County Medical Center’s (a partner of Kaleida Health) centers of excellence in behavioral health and transplantation, along with adult level one trauma care.
The vision of the three parties is to form an integrated delivery system with the Dunkirk campus taking the lead in delivering traditional, inpatient hospital services and the Irving campus becoming more of an ambulatory location with an array of specialty inpatient and complementary specialty services. Both campuses would have emergency rooms (ER’s).
TLC Health will renovate their campus focusing on outpatient services, ambulatory surgery, imaging, labs plus specialty services including orthopedics, mental health, substance use, neurobehavioral, rehabilitation, and physician specialties.
Brooks Hospital is focusing on building a new facility (including surgical suites, imaging, labs, support services, etc.) with the joint $57 million grant that was secured through New York State’s Essential Healthcare Provider Support Program earlier this year.
The size, cost and location of the new facility will be determined in the coming months. Keys to these decisions are access to clinical care, market demographics, health care trends and site infrastructure needs.
Lanski also said that the Brooks Memorial board of directors will announce a “hospital relocation committee” in the coming weeks.
Government leaders from the Southern Tier praised the decision.
“We care about ensuring access to quality healthcare close to home and by making tangible progress on plans to renovate and construct healthcare facilities in our region, we are helping further that mission. We will continue to stand with our partners and look forward to more positive results in the near future,” said Congressman Tom Reed (NY – 23rd District).
“This choice of architect is superb because of their outstanding record. The projects at Brooks and Lake Shore are transformational, bringing not only updated bricks and mortar, but new access to state-of-the-art health care. It will change and save lives,” said New York State Senator Catharine Young (57th District).
Clark Patterson Lee specializes in healthcare architecture, planning and programming. With four local offices, the firm’s work is on display in hospitals across Western New York. They most recently completed the neonatal intensive care unit expansion at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
John P. Hall, AIA, MRAIC, OAA and Principal with Clark Patterson Lee said, “We are thrilled to be a part of this development team. In the last 30 years only two completely new acute care hospitals have been built in New York State, so this is a rare opportunity to transform health care delivery for the Dunkirk community and the entire Chautauqua County region.”
About Clark Patterson Lee (CPL)
With over 260 professionals, 40 years in business and over $1 billion in healthcare design, CPL enjoys a reputation for excellence in healthcare architecture. Our innovative and creative approach to planning and design has given us a specialist and consulting role in acute and outpatient care. More than 95 percent of our work is for repeat clients through past and present relationships, a testimonial to our ability to listen, solve our client’s most complex needs, meet their budgets, and respect their timetables.
Located in downtown Dunkirk, NY, Brooks Memorial Hospital is a 65 bed acute-care hospital that provides services to the population of Northern Chautauqua County and other nearby communities. Part of the Lake Erie Regional Health System, Brooks Memorial provides services inpatient acute medical and surgical care and outpatient care such as emergency room, surgery, imaging, lab, physical therapy and dialysis. Through its active parent, Lake Erie Regional Health System, Brooks has a contractual relationship with a captive Professional Corporation (Lake Erie Medical Services, P.C.) for the provision of professional physician services in the specialty areas of OB/GYN, general surgery, pain management and pediatrics.
TLC operates facilities in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Erie counties including Lake Shore Health Care Center (a 25 bed acute care hospital with inpatient behavioral health), Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center, Forestville Primary Care Center, and outpatient chemical dependency clinics in Cassadaga and Derby. TLC also operates a certified home health care agency that operates throughout the tri-county area. Lake Shore Health Care Center houses a variety of outpatient diagnostic and treatment services, an emergency department, a surgical department, and a small hospital-based nursing home
Together, Brooks Memorial and TLC serve 100,000 residents residing in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Southern Erie Counties.
For continuing updates on the Southern Tier healthcare affiliation, please visit the Brooks Memorial Hospital website at www.brookshospital.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrooksMemorialHospital. More information about TLC Health Network can be found at www.tlchealth.org.
About Kaleida Health
Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider and largest private employer in Western New York. More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, plus the health system’s 90 clinics and health care centers. Kaleida Health operates HighPointe on Michigan and the DeGraff Memorial Hospital skilled nursing facility, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association. Kaleida Health also operates a major laboratory division as well as the Millard Fillmore Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Southtowns Ambulatory Surgery Center. The organization is also affiliated with Great Lakes Health, the entity integrating Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and the University at Buffalo. Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.2 billion annually.