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Monday, May 17, 2010

St. Vincent's Closed -- Suzannah B. Troy & Louis Flores

I took these photos of St. Vincent’s Closed and they speak volumes...

There are so many loving notes thanking Doctors, Nurses and everyone who did their work at St. Vincent’s.
You can see people laid flowers down as if someone had died.  Very sad.
It reminds me of Sept. 11 and the days and months following when so many photos with people’s photographs and telephone number with pleas from desperation family member hoping someone who call them and say a loved was a live.  
St. Vincent’s kept a memorial going all these years.  I will never forget Union Square and St. Vincent’s filled with all those postings from 9-11.
Below is a YouTube posting and the reporting is by Louis Flores.
Community leader and activist, Yetta Kurland, gave a presentation to the Lower Manhattan community on May 13, 2010. Ms. Kurland described the legal process that has been taking place in the community's efforts to intervene, to prevent the full closing of St. Vincent's Hospital.
Ms. Kurland reported that Attorneys for St. Vincent's had opposed the community's attempt in NYS Supreme Court to make the hospital abide by NYS Health Department rules. After being challenged by Attorneys for St. Vincent's Hospital, the venue for the community's lawsuit was changed to bankruptcy court, where the bankruptcy judge claimed jurisdiction over the lawsuit over NYS Health Department rules, but the same judge denied that patients have the ability to sue to enforce NYS Health Department rules. A classic Catch-22.
In particular, the bankruptcy judge denied a motion filed by Ms. Kurland and other community attorneys, on behalf of the patients and community, which was opposing the closure of St. Vincent's Hospital due to the hospital's violation of statutory requirement of a 90-day waiting period. (Part 6 of a series of videos.)


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