Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Effective date: May 22, 2009
Expiration Date: NONE
Why do we need to reassess a need that was determined 18 months ago?
Certificate of Operation
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Invites you to attend a Planning Meeting Tomorrow:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH AT 6:00 PM
OUR LADY OF POMPEII CHURCH (downstairs auditorium)
Corner of Bleecker and Carmine Streets
We will be discussing next steps after last month’s rally, report on the legal fight, and the needs assessment currently being done. Come join, ask questions and get involved!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We are disappointed to say that the Needs Assessment meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow at 1pm at Congressmember Nadler’s office has been relocated and we have not been given the new address. We have also been told that this is a private meeting.
The Coalition for a New Village Hospital has made clear that our position has been and continues to be that a needs assessment undercuts the rights we currently have under the law to a continuation of services which stems from the open Certificate of Operations that is still in effect at the site of St. Vincent’s.
Having said that however, given the fact that those in charge have decided to initiate a needs assessment rather than pursue more direct efforts to get services restored at the site of St. Vincent’s, it becomes vital that the community be central in how this happens and why this happens.
We must ensure that this needs assessment is not another back room deal where the real estate interests or other private interests determine the landscape of public health care, rather than public need determining public health care.
Public input must not be an afterthought at the end of the process but the driving force in this process.
The Coalition had invited community members to attend the Needs Assessment Meeting being convened for the purpose of deciding how health care happens in lower Manhattan because we do not want this committee to turn into what happened with the Governor’s Task Force in which a small group of elected officials met without public input and the true information still missing about the financial reality and the problems with St. Vincent’s were not addressed in time.
While we will be unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting we have asked for a clear statement from this group about their process, and when the public will be allowed to participate and in what ways. We will also continue to attempt to engage this group and our elected and public officials in efforts to ensure the Coalition and the community is properly represented in the decisions regarding health care.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Please print out the above flyer and let your neighbors know about this important rally. You can download an 11" X 17" poster here.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Another candidate for New York State Attorney General came out in strong support of a hospital for the lower West Side today.
State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D - Manhattan, Bronx) issued the following statement:
"The closure of St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center was a tragic blow for Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the entire West Side of Manhattan. Unless a 24-hour acute care hospital with an emergency room opens in this neighborhood, entire communities of New Yorkers will go without the adequate health services they deserve.
"Moreover, recent allegations about the financial management of St. Vincent's Hospital, while it was still in operation, have raised serious and troubling questions that demand answers.
"The bottom line is: the west side of Manhattan both deserves and needs an acute care hospital with an emergency room. Anything and everything should be done to make certain that becomes a reality."The Coalition for a New Village Hospital welcomes Mr. Schneiderman's bold support for our community's health.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Coalition for a
We’ve reached out to all the candidates for Attorney General and Governor, and are expecting to hear from more in the next few days.
Former St. Vincent’s Hospital Employees and Lower West Side Community Welcomes Statement of Public Support From Attorney General Candidate Kathleen Rice
New York, NY – August 19th, 2010 6 pm-– Yetta Kurland of Kurland, Bonica & Associates, P.C. a member of The Coalition For A New Village Hospital, the community organization that filed suit against the NYS Department of Health on Monday August 16th, responded to a clear statement of support today from Attorney General Candidate Kathleen Rice.
In a statement issued today, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, announced, “As the next Attorney General, I will work with community advocates and Department of Health to help facilitate the return of a hospital to serve the people of the Lower West Side."
In making the statement, Rice became one of the first State officials to support the Coalition’s goals.
Said Kurland, “We welcome this powerful support from District Attorney Rice and her commitment to returning a vitally needed hospital and Level One Trauma Center to the Lower West Side Community. This closure has left hundreds of thousands without vital medical care and has thrown our community into a health crisis. We look forward to working closely with Nassau’s District Attorney Kathleen Rice in realizing our goal, and look forward to the support emerging from leaders throughout the State.”
On August 16th, the attorneys petitioned Manhattan Supreme Court to obtain information concerning the closure plan of St. Vincent’s Hospital. "It is our hope that the information we are able to secure in this action will help in realizing the return of a hospital to the community,” said Kurland. The Article 78 proceeding will be heard on September 8, 2010 in NYS Supreme Court by Judge O. Peter Sherwood.
"This community needs a hospital and deserves the truth. Today’s announcement of support from Kathleen Rice opens the door to a new, positive conversation, and we look forward to sitting down with local leaders to hear their views” said Eileen Dunn, RN, and a founding member of the Coalition.
Monday, August 16, 2010
St. Vincent's Hospital was looted by execs and consultants in the two years before it closed, then grossly exaggerated its debt, according to blockbuster papers set to be filed tomorrow in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The filing, a petition that seeks to force the state Health Department to turn over documents on the closing, says the defunct medical center blew through millions in "highly questionable" expenses, including $278,000 for a golf outing, while paying its top 10 executives a combined $10 million a year.
It also shelled out $17 million for "management consultants," $3.8 million on "professional fund-raising" and a staggering $104 million on unspecified costs it listed simply as "other" on its federal tax returns, the petition says.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/doctored_books_Vz0s07aQjbaZW2pix1N85M#ixzz0wpLKQFOU
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
COMMUNITY BOARD 2 PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A HOSPITAL AT THE SITE OF ST. VINCENT'S AND A LOCK ON LAND TO ENSURE IT
Friday, May 28, 2010
COALITION FOR A NEW VILLAGE HOSPITAL Petition
Monday, May 24, 2010
Let this response inspire us to action. This Saturday, May 29th at 2pm, we will be inviting all of our elected officials back to hear from experts and advocates who understand and care about our community to let them know that there is no reason why a hospital can't thrive at the old
But we need you there on Saturday to let them know that we will not be dissuaded.
JOIN WITH US TO DEMAND A HOSPITAL AT THE SITE OF ST. VINCENT'S
COME SHARE YOUR STORIES AND LET OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS KNOW -
WE NEED A HOSPITAL AT THE ST. VINCENT'S SITE!
We also need your help spreading the word. Here's a PDF of a flyer you can print and distribute to your community. http://www.yettakurland.com/svh/handsflyer.pdf
You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124836660873812&ref=mf
Last Friday, Senator Thomas K. Duane held for a forum entitled "How Can We Get Back a Hospital for Our Community". The forum was a direct response to our work marching in the streets, fighting in the court, and organizing to demand that our hospital be restored.
Though some of the panelists invited by Senator Duane attempted to tell us we no longer need a hospital, Eileen Dunn, representing the Nurses Union, made it clear that we must we have a hospital on the Lower West Side and that if we make our voices heard, we can make it happen.
Perhaps most incredible was one of the panelists' response when asked what a resident should do if they were experiencing a heart attack or some other emergency.
Please see the clip below captured by George Sosa, a documentarian who covered this meeting to see what the "health advocate" had to say:
Below is the Coalition’s answers to some of the questions posed at Senotr Duane’s forum.
WHY A HOSPITAL?
An urgent care center cannot meet the public health and safety needs of this community. It will not be able to offer level 1 trauma, an emergency room or related intensive care and hospital beds needed. Nor would it support the complex web of health care this community depended on with
WHY IS IT POSSIBLE?
Nay-sayers will tell you that it's not possible, that there is too much debt, that no entity is interested and that there are already too many hospital beds in
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Over 125 people turned up for Thursday night's planning meeting at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the
The meeting, chaired by Civil Rights Attorney Yetta Kurland, discussed various approaches to our demand for a new village hospital.
Here's a video of Ms. Kurland explaining the state of the legal challenges:
At this point, we were joined briefly by Julie Menin, Chair of Community Board One. Ms. Menin discussed the joint taskforce of Community Boards 1, 2, 3 and 4 on health care – and committed to work towards a hospital for the lower
Here she is discussing the role these hospitals play in the event of a homeland security emergency.
After these introductory presentations, the bulk of the meeting was composed of community ideas on how to fight back. Some of the consensus ideas were:
- A campaign of Street Actions at the site of old
St. Vincent's (more on this soon)
- Work with the Community Boards to help keep the
St. Vincent's site designated for hospital use.
- Outreach to elected officials
- Art and Culture installations
- A complaint to the Attorney General's office was circulated.
Things are developing very quickly, so watch this space...
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Here's Civil Rights Attorney Yetta Kurland exposing some shady dealings involved with the closure.
And here's Eileen Dunn, RN, a longtime St. Vincent's nurse detailing how St. Vincent's management had failed to file paperwork for years. With the result that St. Vincent's employees have been denied unemployment benefits, social security accrual and more.
Later in the evening, New York State Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried criticized New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor, who likes to get involved in issues that are important to New York City, did not participate in trying to save St. Vincent's, the Hon. Gottfried said.
Dr. David Kaufman explained the differences between "Urgent Care" facilities and a hospital:
And here's the entire evening, captured by David Jr., a community resident.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Four hundred New Yorkers met at the Hudson Guild on Friday night to demand a hospital at
A panel of experts also spoke, detailing the history of
Elected officials including Assemblymember Richard Gottfired, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Senator Thomas Duane also spoke and listened to feedback.
Any solution to this crisis will require leadership from our elected officials. We need to let them know that We Demand a Hospital at
Be sure to include your full name and address so they know who's calling.
Dear Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
The lower West side of
Email the Mayor at http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html, Call him at 311, or write him at City Hall,
Dear Governor Paterson:
We need a hospital on the lower West side of
Email the Governor here, Call him at
You have a duty to the community in lower
Email the Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Call him at
Dear Speaker Christine Quinn (Speaker of the City Council AND
As you well know, we need a hospital on the lower West side of
Email Speaker Quinn at email@example.com, call her at
Dear Senator Thomas K. Duane (Chair of the NYS Senate Health Committee AND Lower West Side's Senator):
As you well know, we need a hospital on the lower West side of
Email the Senator at firstname.lastname@example.org, call him at
Dear Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried (Chair, NYS Assembly Health Committee and West Side Assemblymember):
As you well know, we need a hospital on the lower west side of
Email the Assemblymember at GottfriedR@assembly.state.ny.us, call him at