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Great Lakes Health Meeting Tomorrow

The Great Lakes Health Board of Directors will hold an open meeting tomorrow morning, June 30, at 8:30am in the Hyatt Regency, Two Fountain Plaza in Buffalo.

This replaces the last open meeting that was abruptly canceled Wednesday, June 10 at Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Click here to read the press release, sent to Artvoice from Buffalo General Hospital Corporate Administration via fax last week.

These meetings which have been taking place behind closed doors since late 2007, are finally being listed on the GLH Web site. This slow inclusion of the public comes despite the fact that the group had spent over $160,000 on marketing between May 15,2008, and April 30, 2009.

Click here to see the 38 pages of invoices from Stand Advertising to Kaleida Health—including Web site work—obtained by Artvoice subsequent to a FOIL request.

Here’s an Excel spreadsheet, illustrating the accumulating costs associated with controlling the message offered to the public by the group that is “unveiling a bold new healthcare delivery for Western New York.”

In the year and a half Great Lakes Health (formerly Newco, formerly Western New York Health System) has been in existence, there has been only one public forum held at the downtown library (May 12, 2009)—populated largely with members of the GLH leadership, as well as a handful of citizens who were petitioners on a lawsuit that successfully called for more transparency from the secretive group.

  • Sicknes

    People complain about insurance agents getting between them and their doctors. The public insurance option is being attacked because the government will supposedly get between you and your doctor. I’m happy to see Buck and other concerned citizens wondering what health care in WNY will be like as planned by Gioia, a business man with NO medical background.

  • Just back from the “open meeting.” Will post the half-hour portion that was open to the public and press shortly, before the press was asked to leave. It wasn’t even as enlightening as an infomercial, fellow citizens.

  • Grace Manner

    Suck-up article in the News today, belching up the ‘facts’ force-fed by the self-anointed and their spawn.