Closed: St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC

I happened tonight on the way home from supper (yes, Chinese) to walk past the remnants of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan.

There are now no Catholic hospitals in Manhattan. And there is no level one hospital in this area.

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  1. Liz F says:

    So sad!

  2. Patrick J. says:

    We may not have hospitals any more, but we do have puppet ‘masses.’

  3. With so many hospitals closing, I’m sure people will be happy to accept a bloated, expensive, (and ultimately deadly) federal universal healthcare system to “fix” this problem.

    After managed care became the norm in the U.S., back in the 1990s, hospitals have been closing at an alarming rate.

  4. TNCath says:

    I walked past there myself last week. It is very sad and quite unbelievable that there is NO Catholic healthcare in Manhattan.

    I remember when they closed our one Catholic hospital in Memphis. While we do have a hospital that is of “Catholic principles,” it is owned by Tenet. Our bishop has also recently sold our Catholic nursing home to a non-Catholic entity that claims it will retain its “Catholic roots.” Honestly, I think it’s all a big sham.

  5. RichardT says:

    I don’t know St. Vincent’s, but judging by the leader of the Catholic Health Association, I wonder if there was a real Catholic hospital in NYC even before St Vincent’s closed down.

  6. Ioannes Andreades says:

    The Church is being pushed out of so many of its major charitable causes–healthcare, adoption, providing other charitable services–that when outsiders look at us, they won’t be able to see us witnessing to our faith throughout the community. The devil hits us where we do the most good.

  7. Mitchell NY says:

    The smae thing happened to Mary Immaculate and St. John’s in Queens, NY last year. Now all 3 are gone and we are left with no Catholic Hospitals in the area. I passed St. John’t the other day and it too was covered with messages and words of saddness at its’ loss. It really affected the community…..

  8. irishgirl says:

    I wonder how the souls of those first Sisters of Charity who started St. Vincent’s all those years ago must feel, as they look down and see the shuttered doors…..

    There’s still a Catholic hospital here in Upstate New York, but who knows for how long….the current Sister-administrator is retiring soon, and chances are a layman will take over. That’s what happens when there are no religious Sisters to nurse the sick. It’s now a ‘business’, not an ‘apostolate’.

  9. Rob Cartusciello says:

    If my memory serves me well, New York Foundling Hospital (founded by the Sisters of Charity) is still around, as is Spellman Nursing Home – both in Manhattan.

    Not a total loss of Catholic health care – but not hospitals, either.

    I was treated at St. Vincent’s ER for a severe GI infection in the winter of 1999. The windows in my examining room were so drafty, you could feel the breeze across the room. They wouldn’t use blankets, so they swathed me in multiple bedsheets. It was a barely adequate solution.

  10. James the Less says:

    FYI, there is a new Gianna Healthcare Center in Manhattan.

  11. Supertradmum says:

    As a historical reminder, at the “Reformations” of Henry VIII, Edward VI, (because of the horrid, anti-Catholic Seymour family), and Elizabeth I, the Catholic hospitals, schools, old folks homes (almshouses), hostels, etc. were stolen or closed and the entire clerical, Catholic infrastructure was either demolished or made secular, under the state, sometimes disguised as Anglican institutions.

    We lived next to a medieval almshouse, which was taken over by the Seymours in the name of Edward VI. Amazingly, it still serves today as an almshouse for old people on low pensions. However, all Catholic ties were severed almost 500 years ago.

    Same thing will happen here, just to get the power of healing, education, taking care of the old and poor, etc. out of the hands of the Church and into government hands, so that the government can decide on individual’s lives, Catholic institutions will be forced to close, probably over abortion rights in Obamacare, and then the government can do what it wants to do with us all.


  12. NobisQuoQue says:

    What?? I was born in this hospital. So sad! St. Vincent, pray for us.

  13. boko fittleworth says:

    This hospital was a blessing September 11th. A house of heroes.

  14. TJerome says:

    All of those fake Catholics who voted for Obama should be very proud. After Obamacare (Healthcare destruction) is fully implemented we’ll have very caring hospitals, run with the charity of the IRS.

    Supertradmum, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, was VERY Catholic. I think you’re recalling her evil brother who was a Protestant.

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