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St. Vincent's Hospital Shuts its Doors

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St. Vincent's Hospital is closing for good today after months of feuding and years of financial struggles. The 160-year-old Greenwich Village institution will stop accepting even emergency cases at 7 A.M. this morning.

The city's fire department plans to deploy extra ambulances on Manhattan's West Side to bring emergency cases to other hospitals. Two ambulances will be stationed near St. Vincent's in case someone mistakenly tries to come in for care.

Earlier this month, St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers filed for bankruptcy. Its debt topped $1 billion.

Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital is getting more than $9 million in state money to open a 24-hour urgent care facility in the neighborhood. But it's not clear when the facility will open. St. Vincent's was New York's last Catholic general hospital.

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