St. Vincents Midtown Hospital, formerly St. Clares Hospital and Health Center, will stop taking new admissions and close its emergency department permanently on Aug. 31, a casualty of New Yorks Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. St. Vincents Midtown was one of nine hospitals identified for closure by the commission, which last year issued a series of recommendations for overhauling the states hospital and nursing home industry. The recommendations became law on Jan. 1. This is a very sad time for the staff and administration of St. Vincents Midtown, and, in particular, for the community we serve, said Sister Jane Iannucelli, the 149-bed hospitals president and chief executive officer, in a news release. We do not agree with the commissions finding, but we are required by law to close. -- by Cinda Becker
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