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COALITION FOR A NEW VILLAGE HOSPITAL Steven Greene Sperlingreene PR and Marketing (917) 656-1837

For Immediate Release

Winners and Losers in the Battle For Healthcare on the Lower West Side
New York City, NY – March 31, 2010 -- In politics and life, you can’t tell the players without a score card. Here, from the Coalition For A New Village Hospital are just a few of the players who stand to win and to lose in the battle to return a full service hospital to the Lower West Side. Winners Losers

Michael Dowling, CEO of North Shore/LIJ Group who wants to develop a dangerous, so-called “emergency department” in the St. Vincent’s Hospital O’Toole building, thus establishing a “feeder” for emergency patients to their financially weak Lenox Hill Hospital, 4.2 miles away by ambulance while offering, “Isn’t it better than nothing at all?” Emergency patients are the largest single contributor to the profitability of a hospital and are the source of the largest Medicare reimbursements. Realtor William Rudin who won the property at 20% below the original asking price without any auction process or input from the community-at-risk, and stands to earn hundreds of millions on 300 new luxury condos on the site of the shuttered St. Vincent’s.

314,358 Lower Manhattan residents served by St. Vincent’s, 55% of whom had availed themselves of the emergency room at St. Vincent’s 2009, its last year of operation. 60,000 emergency room visitors who visited in the last year of the hospital’s operation. An estimated 6,000 critically ill patients who risk their lives or permanent injury because of time lost should they rush to the so-called “emergency department” in the proposed plan. Since the new center is neither a Level One Trauma Center nor designed to treat or offer surgery on critically ill patients, these visitors will lose precious minutes or hours waiting for transfer to a hospital. Close to 3,500 doctors, nurses and support staff who lost their jobs. While most doctors have found new hospital

positions, an estimated 40% of nurses remain jobless.

Jeffrey Kraut. Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Marketing North Shore-LIJ Health System, who represented himself as an objective party and announced at a public meeting in February, “The data will show that this community needs a hospital of 200 to 300 beds.” In a quick about face, he is now defending the proposed new facility at the O’Toole Building. The St. Vincent’s Board of Directors whose questionable management and financial dealings remain unexamined in the wake of bankruptcy despite issues of taxes, huge executive pay and questionable back taxes.

4,000 HIV outpatients and more than 20 doctors currently working with the HIV community given 50 days’ notice last week after as much as 11 years in St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building. Future residents of lower Manhattan where the population has doubled in the past ten years, and who now face a future without a hospital. The New York LGBT Community who lose one of the largest HIV/AIDS Centers of its kind, indelibly linked to the legacy and history of the AIDS epidemic here in the West Village. Sarah Jessica Parker, the Sex and the City” star and Lower Manhattan mother who, when asked what she thought of the latest proposal for an emergency-care facility said, “The community needs a hospital —I would like to see a proper, functioning [hospital] — not a walk-in.” YOU


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