Governor Patterson Reacts to the Closing of St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Governor Patterson released the following statement regarding the Board’s decision to close St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center:
"Tonight, the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center (SVCMC) voted to cease hospital inpatient operations. SVCMC provides a wide array of important health care services ranging from HIV care to behavioral health. Over the past two months, my office has been working diligently with the Hospital and all stakeholders to help shape Saint Vincent's future. I created a Task Force on finding a workable solution for its future, in addition to providing $9 million in emergency loans to keep SVCMC operations running.
"While we are disappointed that we were unable to find a partner for the acute care inpatient services, we should use this as an opportunity to ensure that the healthcare needs of this community are met by creating an urgent care center combined with other vital health care services the community needs. To that end, I have directed the Department of Health (DOH) to solicit proposals for this new model of care. Although this news will be difficult for employees, patients, and the hospital's many supporters, we will continue to work aggressively with the hospital and its board, lenders, unions, and elected officials in this next step.
"In addition, DOH will work closely with SVCMC and other area providers to preserve access to critical inpatient services in the community and to ensure an orderly and safe transition for all patients.
"I would like to thank the members of the Task Force, and in particular the smaller working groups, that have met on an almost daily basis. As we move forward, we will continue to use these working groups to ensure a smooth transition."