Wednesday, April 7, 2010

St. Vincent's Hospital Closing, Famous Poets to Be Born and Die Elsewhere

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:59 AM

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Legendary Greenwich Village hospital St. Vincent's—birthplace of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (for whom the hospital is named) and deathplace of drunk Welsh poet Dylan Thomas—is effectively closing its doors. Despite various efforts to keep the place solvent, St. Vincent's is terminating all in-patients in-patient care and downscaling to an outpatient clinic; there is a possibility they'll maintain some kind of urgent care capability.

The 160-year-old St. Vincent's was the last fully operating Roman Catholic general hospital in New York, and as of now has 400 in-patient beds in need of a home; elective surgeries are set to end on April 14th. My favorite line from the Times article: "In recent years, [St. Vincent's] management troubles were worsened by the difficult economics of the health care industry." Hoorary for free-market health care!

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