NEW YORK - APRIL 07: hospital employees walk by St. Vincent's 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)
Supporters of St. Vincent's Hospital have filed a lawsuit to keep the facility from shutting down.
The suit filed Tuesday claims the closing of the hospital violates state health laws because the Health Department hasn't yet fully approved the closure plan.
But health officials say the hospital had approval for everything that's been done so far. St. Vincent's did not comment on the suit.
Only several dozen patients are still in the 700-bed facility, which has sought bankruptcy protection. The board of directors of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers have voted to close the Greenwich Village hospital's inpatient services, including acute, rehabilitation and behavioral health care services.
A thousand St. Vincent's employees were officially laid off Monday.