Consistent with the recommendations of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital (formerly known as St. Clare’s Hospital and Health Center) closed effective August 31st 2007.
In 2005, Governor Pataki established the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, better known as the “Berger Commission” to reorganize and streamline healthcare throughout New York State. The leadership team here at Midtown developed a comprehensive plan of reorganization that consisted of increasing Ambulatory and Community based services, expand the Emergency Department, and work closely with St. Vincent’s Hospital - Manhattan to provide quality healthcare along our city’s west side.
Unfortunately, our efforts to present the needs of this community to the Commission and to the Department of Health were not supported. When the hospital received the final word from the Department of Health and the Berger Commission that we had to close, we decided to do it with our usual style, thoughtful, open communication and grace.
We maintained our commitment to our patients, staff, and our community until the very end. Several of our programs were relocated to St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan.Outpatients were notified of the closing and referred to other facilities for seamless continuity of care.Union and non-union staff were offered support and refresher classes in order to have the best opportunities for new employment.
Our mission to deliver compassionate, quality care will now continue through the services of St. Vincent’s Hospital - Manhattan.Know that they will gladly service your health needs. For additional information please visit them at www.svcmc.org
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Administration, Leadership, our physicians, and all of our wonderful staff, I would like to thank you for your unwavering support and for allowing us the privilege to serve you for over 73 years.