Last Catholic hos­pi­tal in NYC closes af­ter 161 years

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

De­spite sur­viv­ing the Great De­pres­sion and se­vere out­breaks of cholera and AIDS, St. Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal in Green­wich Vil­lage per­ma­nently closed its doors af­ter 161 years, shut­ting down the last Catholic hos­pi­tal in New York City. Work­ers and on­look­ers gath­ered out­side the hos­pi­tal to mark clo­sure of a hos­pi­tal that treated scores of vic­tims from the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks as the only Level 1 trauma cen­ter on the lower west side of Man­hat­tan. The 511-bed St. Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal, founded in 1849 and serv­ing as the flag­ship of St. Vin­cent’s Catholic Med­i­cal Cen­ters of New York, recorded $502 mil­lion in to­tal rev­enue in 2009, but posted a $107 mil­lion net op­er­at­ing loss that year, ac­cord­ing to bank­ruptcy fil­ings. That year about 47% of the hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency room pa­tients were unin­sured or on Med­i­caid.

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