Betsy Copps, community relations specialist at Lee Memorial, said the hospital is optimistic that officials in Albany will see that support.
"We've done an outstanding job getting the postcards out to the community," Copps
pointed out that the staff went through more than 10,000 postcards in three days.
"We're thrilled with the support," Copps
By early afternoon Saturday, volunteers at Price Chopper had collected almost a box full of postcards to support Lee Memorial
explained that as people discussed their outrage that the state would close the hospital‘s inpatient services, the postcards on the table were a way for the public to "do something right then to help support the cause."
The hospital plans to print more postcards as they run out.Copps
said while some were taken home, the bulk of the cards have been collected at the tables.They will be sorted and delivered to Albany this week.
"We're having a hard time believing that that decision could be made in such a short time and be so detrimental to our community without people coming here and taking a real good look about what it really means to us," Copps
As the postcards fill the desks of the Senate and Assembly members, Copps
said it would be hard to deny the support for the hospital.
"Ten thousand voices is significant," she
pointed out that Lee Memorial
is receiving messages of support from area legislators.
"They have indicated that they plan to vote against this report as it is currently presented," she
The Senate and Assembly must both vote "no" by Dec. 31.