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URMC Acquires Lakeside Hospital Monday

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Rochester: URMC Acquires Lakeside Hospital Monday
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Faced with $25 million in debt, Lakeside Health System was forced to shut its hospital down in late April.

With Rochester's biggest employer backing it, Lakeside will re-open in August under new ownership and with a new name.

Crossing over the Erie Canal in Brockport can cost you an extra ten minutes.

It's also one of the many concerns residents had when the only hospital in more than fifteen miles closed in April.

"It's really 'What's in it for the patients?' That's really what we are focusing on," said Michael Kamali, Chair of the Emergency Department at Strong Hospital.

Less than three months since closing its doors, the University of Rochester Medical Center agreed to buy most of the facility.

URMC will officially acquire the newly renamed Strong West on Monday, taking over services at Spencerport urgent care, which won't be a big change for patients.

"Same staff will be there. Same providers. The place will be in the same location," said Kamali.

Lakeside Health System's previous site in Brockport will be re-opened as an urgent care center as early as August. Kamali says URMC plans to open a freestanding emergency department starting in January.

Although it won't include in-patient beds, Strong West will close the gap left by the closure of Lakeside, which in its final year of operation handled about 17,000 emergency visits.

"For us, it's work behind the scenes, but it's really for the patients that we're doing this," said Kamali.

Lakeside will continue to own and operate its Beikirch Care Center. Kamali says there is now a focus on quality out-patient care to decrease the cost of hospital stays.

"A free-standing ER will be new and unique to that area," said Kamali.

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