St. Vincents Midtown Hospital, New York, 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, formerly St. Clares Hospital and Health Center, 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