Oswego Health and Lee Memorial collaborate

A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton and Oswego Health have agreed to collaborate when the Fulton facility ceases to operate as an inpatient facility later this year. The hospital is working with Oswego Health to make sure services are still available.

Lee Memorial will stop services by the end of June but, once they're stopped, Oswego Health will begin staffing an urgent care center at the facility and will provide doctors and nurses to treat acute, non-life threatening injuries and illnesses.

Lee Memorial and Oswego Health say the plans are still under development.

The announcement came in a posting on Oswego Health's web site. Here is the text of that item:

Dear Community Member,We want you to be among the first to know that A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital and Oswego Health, with the support of the New York State Department of Health, have agreed to collaborate to ensure that urgent care and other outpatient services will continue to be provided in Fulton.The Berger Commission has required that Lee Memorial Hospital close no later than June 30, 2009. Upon the cessation of all healthcare services by Lee Memorial, Oswego Health will assume responsibility for providing urgent care and outpatient services to the Fulton community. Qualified physicians and nurses will staff an urgent care center to treat acute, but non-life threatening, illnesses and injuries. Until that time, programs and essential services will continue at Lee Memorial.Oswego Health, with the support of Lee Memorial, is working closely with the New York State Department of Health on a plan to maintain services at the current 510 South Fourth Street site and is committed to providing urgent care services in Fulton.All parties agree this collaboration will ensure continued access to quality healthcare services for the Fulton and Southern Oswego County communities. As part of this collaboration, participation in the Oswego Health governance structure will enable residents of Fulton and Southern Oswego County to play a larger role in helping oversee the provision of healthcare services.As we are in the early stages of developing an implementation plan, we are unable to provide full and complete details at this time. However, we pledge to keep you and our entire Oswego County community informed.Richard AbbottA.L. Lee Memorial HospitalChairman, Board of DirectorsRichard Fiese, DMDOswego Health Board Chair