Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Doctors Forced to Leave St. Vincent's Hospital

DNAInfo's Ben Fractenberg reports:

Doctors Forced to Leave St. Vincent's Hospital Site

WEST VILLAGE — The fate of an urgent care center set to take over the former St. Vincent's Hospital site is still in flux, but the shuttered hospital has already taken steps to force out dozens of doctors who still retain offices at the former medical facility.

Doctors with private practices in the O'Toole Building at Seventh Avenue and West 12th Street were stunned to receive letters from St. Vincent's warning them that their leases were suspended and that they would have to vacate the premises by the end of May, DNAinfo has learned.

The letters were dated March 10, the same day the hospital announced it was selling to North Shore-LIJ.

"Please note that we will be required to take action in the Bankruptcy Court to assure that you timely vacate the Unit absent your cooperation, so please provide us with advance notice of your expected departure date," the letter warns.

Doctors blasted the sudden eviction. ...

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