We are pleased to report some highlights and positive news that will continue to assist the integration between Brooks Memorial Hospital and TLC Health Network, along with their partners at Kaleida Health:
Bankruptcy – TLC Health Network has achieved a major milestone and is officially exiting bankruptcy today. After a difficult four years, TLC is in the process of implementing a transformation plan that will position it for success moving forward. On behalf of our community and the patients that we serve, we thank our physicians and staff for helping us get to this day.
Management Agreement – In anticipation of the merger between TLC and Brooks within the next few months, TLC’s Board of Directors approved a management agreement with Kaleida Health (effective January 1) to oversee day-to-day operations with unified leadership and management.
Leadership – John Galati, TLC’s president and CEO, retired. His last date on-site at TLC was December 29, 2017. We thank John for his leadership and guidance over the past few years. He was a strong advocate for TLC, its patients, employees and physicians.
Shared Management – As we have said, we are working tirelessly to ensure the future viability of both campuses. Having a strong leadership team is key to making that happen. Previous announcements for shared management positions across both locations include:
Still to come are announcements for medical directors for both hospitals plus a vice president of operations.
Merger – With TLC Health Network exiting bankruptcy and the management agreement in place, Brooks and TLC will now finalize the process to merge back together and become an official affiliate of Kaleida Health. The merger will result in a new single entity known as Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. with two main campuses; Fredonia and Irving.
New Hospital – Planning continues for the replacement of Brooks Memorial Hospital. The new location is off of East Main Street in the Town of Pomfret. It was chosen from more than two dozen potential locations, mainly for regulatory and infrastructure purposes.
Hospital Reuse – The Brooks Board of Directors is committed to an open dialogue regarding the reuse of the Central Avenue facility. They will partner with Kaleida Health, leveraging their experience in reusing the former Deaconess Hospital, Millard Fillmore Hospital, and now most recently, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Virginia Horvath, the president of the State University of New York at Fredonia and Lou DiPalma, vice president for the Dunkirk-based Lake Shore Savings have been named co-chairs of the reuse committee. Both are Brooks Memorial Hospital board members.
In closing, we thank all of the staff and physicians as well as the community at large for their support. Our number one goal throughout this process has been to work together to ensure that we have a stronger healthcare delivery system in Southern Erie and Chautauqua counties.