St. Vincent's, Last Catholic Hospital In Manhattan NYC May Close

  1. Earlier today it was announced that St. Vincent's Mahnattan may go the of every other Catholic hospital in NYC.
    For anyone in nursing, this means there could be more experienced nurses out of work.
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  3. by   PacoUSA
    This is sad news, I always considered St. Vincent's a great hospital.
  4. by   AllforAbby
    I had my daughter at St. Vincent's. The nurses in L & D and NICU were the main reason why I decided to become a nurse. I would hate to see them go and DoGood is right, their closing means even less room for newbie nurses in NYC.
  5. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Can remember when St.Vinny's closed their lying in/birthing "hospital" several years ago, now this.

    Things do not look good as SVMC has already been through one bankruptcy, and sees no end to the red ink it is bleeding (about 10M per month, according to last night's local news reports). Odd thing is, like much else to do with the Catholic church, the hospital is rather well off in assets. Indeed there is/was a plan to tear down the building across the street from SVMC to build a new and more modern hospital, then sell off the older buildings for development. Even in today's depressed real estate market, prime Village property would fetch a tidy sum.

    Like the other "Catholic" hospitals of New York City (Cabrini, etc...) what is doing SVMC is the conflict of their mission to provide care, including lots of charity care, versus the sad reality of funding. So many patients at SVMC are under insured or lack insurance all together. Many of the rest are Medicaid or Medicare, thus reimbursement rates from the state and federal government do not cover full costs.

    St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan is almost an iconic symbol of not only NYC, but the Village. Persons injured in almost every disaster from the Titanic to 9/11/01 went to SVMC for treatment, really hope something can be done.
  6. by   NurseJacqui
    I worked there until recently, when I relocated to Florida with my fiance. Sad, very sad.
  7. by   SuesquatchRN
    My husband had cardiac surgery there, transferred from its then-sister hospital, St Vincent's, in Staten Island. That's also been sold.

    It's a good hospital.
  8. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Area residents and employees of St. Vinny's are pulling out all the stops and launching all sorts of media and other pressure in an attempt to keep the hospital open, but again, things do not look good.

    Simply put the charity care model on which St. Vincents and by extension many other Catholic hospitals are run, is *very* difficult with today's financial costs. SVMC is loosing about ten million dollars a month, and no one, not NYC, NYS or anyone else has found a way to address that short coming.

    True to their mission, SVMC provides a huge amount of care for the poor and indigent population of not only the Village, but much of lower Manhattan as well. Where are those people going to go?
  9. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Well, unless something drastic happens, things do not look good for St.Vinny's
  10. by   loricatus
    How very very sad
  11. by   P_RN
    My cousin worked in the lab there from the time she finished St. John's U. until just before her oldest daughter got so sick with Lymphoma. She commuted from W.Hempstead to St Vinny's for two 16h and one 8 h shift a weekend for 20 something years. She's passed away now and apparently St Vinny has too.
  12. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Corrected link from above post:

    My comments:

    Grew up with and worked at Saint Vincent's of Richmond (Staten Island), which went through similar woes and ended up being sold/merged with Bayonne General (another hospital almost on the brink), the new "Richmond University Medical Center", apparently is doing better. At the time since Bayonne was in or near bankruptcy many on Staten Island opposed the merger, but it was made clear that it was *this* or nothing as no one else wanted the old SVMC of SI, and it would simply close it's doors.

    As someone who grew up in NYC during the 1980's it really is a shame that in about twenty years, the hospital system built up by the Church,the Sisters of Charity and other holy orders are mostly gone.

    Besides the hospitals themselves, would urge many to research the unique contributions Catholic sisters made to the nursing profession in the United States.

    Yes, they founded, built and ran hospitals, but there was so, so much more. In days when women had few if any rights (especially within the Chuch itself), the sisters were often a forceful power.

    A few good books on the matter:

    "Who Will Take Care Of Our Sick?"

    "Sisters Catholic Nuns and the Making of America"
  13. by   P_RN
    Amen St Vincent's will be missed.