Congrats on a life well lived.
You probably have forgotten more about SI than I know.
Sadly the place is changing, though live in Manhattan a good part of my family (including widowed mother) are still on SI, so am out there often. Used to think would retire back "home", but increasingly don't see that as an option. SI is just getting too crowded and congested for my tastes; and traffic is terrible.
Yes, they do need more senior housing as well as affordable on SI; but no one wants apartments/high density. Did you look into the Farm Colony or whatever they are calling former Seaview Hospital campus turned into senior housing?
Seems incredible that back in day Staten Island had less population but five acute care hospitals (Staten Island, Richmond Memorial, Doctor's, USPHS, and Saint Vincent's), but now with more people there are only three; Richmond University and the two campuses of Staten Island University Hospital.
This yet there are still the same three (more or less) schools of nursing on SI; Saint Vincent's (now Saint Paul's), College of Staten Island and Wagner. Am guessing many grads find themselves going to Brooklyn, Manhattan or NJ since cannot imagine the hospitals of SI can absorb all those newly licensed nurses that arrive like clockwork every six or so months.
It may not be in either of our lifetimes (am about forty years younger), but the old USPSH/BS campus will be developed into something. At nearly 25 acres with much of it having great views of the Narrows, it is just too valuable to leave sitting to rot and ruin.
BdeB, Debbie Rose and city government in general is pushing development for Saint George/North Shore area. They've already go Urby, and the Lighthouse apartments, and IIRC plans are for rezoning more of the Bay Street corridor. *If* they can get density and demographics to support, maybe in twenty or so years a much smaller hospital *might* open on USPHS campus. Something
In short what became of Saint Vincent's, and is becoming of Beth Israel; a small acute care hospital without an ER, but some sort of urgent care center apart from main hospital but nearby.