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SAVE ST. VINCENT'S HOSPITAL


 
 
Finding  Common Ground Between
New York Business
and Labor
  
 
January 29, 2010
 
 

BALCONY SAYS
SAVE ST. VINCENT'S


"The possible closure of St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village will tear a huge hole in New York's Health Care Safety Net," charged BALCONY Director Lou Gordon as the Business and Labor Coalition of New York urged the New York State Department of Health to provide immediate assistance to maintain the hospital.

"It makes no sense to close the emergency room of St. Vincent's Hospital which is the only hospital serving the West Side of Manhattan below 59th Street. This community is bursting at the seams as thousands of New Yorkers are relocating to the apartments and condos there. New York is building a new subway line on the West Side, we are creating a condomania on 42nd Street and Chelsea is experiencing an unprecedented boom. St. Vincent's Hospital is the most valuable health resource in the community. On September 11, 2001, St. Vincent's played a key role in providing medical services to those at and near Ground Zero. New York State cannot turn its back on the health care needs of the businesses and union workers who rely upon the Hospital as a primary center of medical and emergency services."

"If Washington can save Wall Street, Albany can save St. Vincent's Hospital," stated Gordon.

"I know how vital the St. Vincent's Hospital services are to the community I once represented as its State Senator" stated Catherine Abate president and CEO of Community Healthcare Networks. "I urge the state to do everything possible to save St. Vincent's."

"Where would we be if the St. Vincent's emergency room had not been not there for 9/11 and the airplane landing on the Hudson River?" said Eileen Dunn, a registered nurse at St. Vincent's and president of the NYSNA bargaining unit there. "St. Vincent's has served the community for 160 years, and can continue to serve the community through a reasonable restructuring plan. Shutting the doors is not the answer."

"Thousands of New York City school students and teachers rely upon this hospital for care. We urge the State Legislature and Department of Health to keep the hospital open and viable," stated Alan Lubin co- chair of BALCONY. "Closing St. Vincent's Hospital is Bad Medicine."

"We urge members of BALCONY to join City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick , Senator Tom Duane, Congressman Jerald Nadler and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in contacting New York State Department of Health Commissioner Richard Daines telling the state to make every effort to Save St. Vincent's Hospital," concluded Bruce Ventimiglia, Co-Chair of BALCONY.

BALCONY members are urged to go to Speaker Quinn's website and join the campaign to Save St. Vincent's hospital - http://council.nyc.gov/html/action_center/stvincents.shtml



For more information contact BALCONY Director Lou Gordon (212) 219-7777 loug@balconynewyork.com

 

BALCONY, the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, represents more than 1,000 New York businesses, labor unions, and trade associations. BALCONY seeks common ground in the public policy debate in New York to spur economic development through the adoption of business/union friendly, socially responsible common sense laws that maintain and improve the quality of life for working New Yorkers.

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St. Vincent's RNs
Protest Acquisition



NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2010 - The 800 registered nurses who work at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Greenwich Village fervently oppose the proposed takeover of the 727-bed facility by Beth Israel Medical Center and its parent Corporation, Continuum Health Partners. Within 60 to 90 days of the takeover, all acute care, surgical units, and emergency services would be shut down.

Hundreds of nurses from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) will protest this action outside the facility on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hospital is located at West 12 St. between 6th and 7th Avenues.

"Where would we be if the St. Vincent's emergency room had not been not there for 9/11 and the airplane landing on the Hudson River?" said Eileen Dunn, a registered nurse at St. Vincent's and president of the NYSNA bargaining unit there. "St. Vincent's has served the community for 160 years, and can continue to serve the community through a reasonable restructuring plan. Shutting the doors is not the answer."

The hospital is $700 million in debt and has been struggling financially for years. Under the proposal, St. Vincent's regional trauma center would be severely scaled back. St. Vincent's is also designated for AIDS treatment and psychiatric care.

"This proposed takeover by Beth Israel will devastate the community by closing the only acute-care facility on the Lower West Side of Manhattan," said John Hiltunen, a registered nurse at St. Vincent's and member of the NYSNA Board of Directors.

"St. Vincent's is integral to the very fabric of the neighborhood and the city," said Lorraine Seidel, MA, RN, director of NYSNA's Economic and General Welfare program. "It is one of the cornerstones of Greenwich Village. It would be tragic to succumb to a plan which disregards the healthcare needs of this community. NYSNA nurses will do all we can to keep St. Vincent's open."
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.

Nurses Association contact: Randi Hoffman 212-785-0157, ext. 118, cell 646-707-7359.


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Join Speaker
Christine Quinn

Tell State Department of Health to Keep Emergency Care Services
at St. Vincent's


Speaker Christine Quinn held a news conference outside the hospital on January 26, 2010. She has activated a website on the City Council page that allows individuals to send a message to Commissioner Daines that we need to ensure proper access to health services on the West Side.  Click here for the link to the page: http://council.nyc.gov/html/action_center/stvincents.shtml.
Urgent
Community Town Hall Meeting




1199 SEIU organized a town hall meeting on Thursday night, January 28, 2010. 

5 pm - 7 pm
Our Lady of Pompeii Church
25 Carmine Street (& Bleecker Street


Click here for the flyer.


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Statement by
NYS Assembly
Health Committee Chair
Richard N. Gottfried


"After 9/11, St. Vincent's was the primary admitting hospital for the injured survivors," said Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried. "Closing the St. Vincent's Emergency Room and Level 1 Trauma Center would be devastating to the local community, and in the event of a catastrophe, would endanger the City. In the aftermath of September 11, the emergency room was expanded to be able to respond to everyday emergencies as well as large-scale disasters and mass-casualty events. We must do everything possible to protect St. Vincent's, and especially its ER and TraumaCenter."