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March 16, 2014

Fear growing that Newfane hospital may close

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Tonawanda News — ”You almost can’t classify it as a hospital,” Horanburg said.

The Newfane site, 2600 William St., was once known as Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, has been under the same management as its Lockport counterpart since 1999. The hospitals formally became ENH in 2009.

Eastern Niagara Hospital is building a $3 million outpatient surgery center on South Transit Road in Lockport, expected to open this summer. Eastern Niagara also owns a nursing home, the Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Horanburg said ENH took the Newfane hospital’s financial strength and moved $2 million to help out the Lockport facility when they merged with the Lockport hospital.

It’s a hard pill to swallow, Horanburg said.

“We fought two state commissions that tried to close it, now we can’t let our own people close it,” he said. “It’s too important to Newfane.”

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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