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WE THE UNDERSIGNED call upon Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to use his authority including New York State N-PCL Section 511(a)-(b) and Section 511(a)(4) to block the sale of the former St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of Manhattan to the Rudin Organization in the absence of the inclusion of a full service hospital with an emergency room in compliance with NY State law and the needs of the lower West Side of Manhattan, and New York State. In specific, under New York State N-PCL Section 511(a)-(b) St. Vincent’s is required to serve you with notice of the sale transaction, and under Section 511(a)(4) must show the disposition of substantially all assets is for consideration that is fair and reasonable and that the sale is in the best interests of the community. We also believe that this sale does not comply with the provisions of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code in that this sale and the proposed Rudin plan does not continue the charitable mission of St. Vincent’s as it is required to, namely a full service hospital. Last year, Mr. Schneiderman, you said "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.” and "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." This is your opportunity to in fact ensure that reality and fulfill your campaign promise. We call upon you to block this sale pending the inclusion of a full service hospital and compliance with all relevant state and other applicable laws. Sincerely,
Coalition for a New Village Hospital 304 Park Avenue S, Ste 206, New York, NY 10010 www.DemandAHospital.Blogspot.com