Luxury Condos Cant do CPR: A St. Vincent’s Community Assembly, Quick Talking Points for Canvassing and Outreach

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Luxury Condos Cant do CPR: A St. Vincent’s Community Assembly

Quick Talking Points for Canvassing and Outreach

St. Vincent’s: The Hospital

-St. Vincent’s Hospital CLOSED rather suddenly in April 2010, the hospital was in debt for more than ONE BILLION dollars to TD Bank and GE Capital

-Before closing; LEVEL ONE Trauma center with 62,000 emergency department visits/year, and 22,000 admissions/year

-Bellevue Hospital, at 29th St. and First Ave., now provides the closest Level ONE trauma center and the only one below 59th Street

– For more than 160 years the hospital was a cornerstone of lower Manhattan life serving the health needs of the lower west side community, where 25% the city’s population resides

-SVH cared for victims of the Titanic, the AIDS epidemic and the 9/11 attacks

-SVH was one of New York City’s most prominent safety-net hospitals, serving mostly those either on Medicaid or Medicare or without insurance, as well as undomiciled patients


The Closing and SALE of space

-One of New York’s most powerful real-estate families for $260 million, Rudin Management

-Plans include: walk-in emergency facility and 3OO-400 hundred of luxury apartments

-The new emergency medical facility will be operated by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, scheduled for fall of 2013

-It’s unclear if this will be an Emergency Department or an Urgent Care

-If it’s an Emergency Department they will be required to treat all patients who present for medical care. Patient will have to be transported to other hospitals for admission such as Lenox Hill and other North-Shore LIJ Hospitals

-If it’s an Urgent Care center they may be able to DENY any medical services based on your ability to pay out of pocket or health insurance status

-Free standing emergency rooms have been most successful in rural areas where there is no nearby acute care hospital

-This type of Emergency department raises concerns about delays in critical care, such as emergent surgery or specialized treatment for stroke and heart attacks


Effect on Local Hospitals

-Bellevue Hospital has taken a big hit, with ER visits jumping to 10,000 a month from an average 8,000/month before SVH closing

-Beth Israel’s ER saw an average 230 patients a day and now it’s well over 300 per day after closing of SVH, the number of daily ambulances going to Beth Israel has jumped from 52 to 75

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