March 4, 2015
HORNELL, NY – Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan now says that because of the plans to have 20 beds at St. James Hospital (10 longer stay beds, 10 observation beds) and also because of the plans to have full surgery at St. James, it appears that there will be less of a burden on the Hornell Fire Department’s ambulance crew.
There were concerns voiced publicly, by both the mayor and the Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith. Both stated that there would be many additional ambulance runs (possibly helicopter in cases where it was not usually required) to hospitals in Dansville and Wellsville, if there was not adequate medical care in the future, in Hornell.
Both Hogan and Smith were very critical of the original New Vision plans, and it appears that the pressure they put on the hospital has paid off, because now St. James is going to have more in terms of health care (20 beds and a full surgical wing) than was originally being discussed.
Hogan will be the guest on the Thursday WLEA Newsmaker Show, to talk more about the hospital situation.