Shuttered St. Vincent's Won't House Urgent Care Center
NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Gary Wallace, a St. Vincent Hospital patient, protests against the imminent closing of the flagship Greenwich Village hospital on April 7, 2010 in New York City. On Tuesday the board of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers voted to close the hospital following its unsuccessful search to find a way out of its estimated $700 million of debt. The Westside hospital, which has served Manhattan for 160 years, may retain some of its services like an urgent care facility. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gary Wallace
St. Vincent's Hospital will not house an urgent care center at its bankrupt Greenwich Village building after failing to reach agreement with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital.
The facility will instead move eight blocks north to a building on West 20th Street. North Shore officials said it's slated to open in October. The original plan called for North Shore to lease and renovate St. Vincent's former emergency room.
The move will leave Greenwich Village without an acute-care facility in the immediate neighborhood.
A spokeswoman for St. Vincent's said the hospital would continue to explore all options for its unused emergency room space.
The city's last Catholic-affiliated hospital filed for bankruptcy before closing in April, citing a debt topping $1 billion dollars.
Published at 8:56 AM EDT on Aug 27, 2010
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