Last Catholic hospital in NYC closes after 161 years
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.