Posted at: 04/26/2013 2:37 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 5:39 PM
By: Lynette Adams
Lakeside Hospital in Brockport closed Friday. The emergency department stopped accepting patients at 2:00p.m.
One patient remained in the hospital as of this afternoon and once that person is transferred, the hospital will shut it s doors. Just as a precaution, Monroe Ambulance will be stationed at Lakeside 24/7 until Friday May 10.
Friday was tough for the workers at Lakeside. The hospital has been open in Brockport for about eight decades. Workers say it's like a family atmosphere. Small enough that you can know just about everyone in the hospital. So it wasn't just about the hospital closing or losing a job, but it was also about saying goodbye to family.
Sandra Gaesser, Worked at Lakeside, said, “To say goodbye to people you've worked with for years, it's hard, really hard. A lot of tears, a lot of tears there today.”
It was an emotional and tearful goodbye for workers as their shifts at Lakeside ended Friday. Darlene Stratton has worked at the small community hospital for 26 years. It has only been four years for Sandra Gaesser, but a tough day for both.
Darlene Stratton, Worked At Lakeside, said, “Well we just said our goodbye in there. A lot of tears and hugging. Now we're all going to meet afterwards in various places. A really, really sad day.”
About 200 workers in all are affected by the hospital's closing. Some departments like maintenance will remain open indefinitely, but the hospital closing is a blow to workers and people like Stratton who live in Brockport.
Stratton said, “There's not going to be any cars here, it is sad. But maybe someone will come in and make something of it.”
Maryann Wright is counting her blessing. This patient care tech has a new job.
Maryann Wright, Worked at Lakeside, said, “A lot of people are still looking and hopefully they have good luck finding jobs. I'm very thankful I'm getting a job at the Beikirch.”
News10NBC did learn some good news coming out of all of this. A hospital spokesperson said there have been numerous calls to the hospital from other health organization interested in leasing the hospital space. So it could mean some new healthcare facilities and services after all.