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Village residents, patients sick over St. Vincent's possible shuttering

The Village would lose a lifeline if St. Vincent’s Hospital is shuttered, residents and patients said Tuesday as city officials fought to save the near-bankrupt institution.

“There really are no other immediate hospitals around here,” said Alan Rogowsky, 62, who lives down the block. “Save St. Vincent’s Hospital under any name.”

Continuum Health Partners, which runs Beth Medical Medical Center and others, is in talks to take over the 160-year-old St. Vincent, reportedly $700 million in debt. The plan would end most inpatient, surgical and emergency services and transform the hospital into a community health center.

Awilda Castro, 43, of Williamsburg, who spent the afternoon in the emergency room, was dismayed. “I’ve been with doctors here for 20 years,” she said.

“If St. Vincent is able to continue to meet its mission on its own, they have our full support,” said Continuum in a statement Tuesday. St. Vincent’s, the city’s last remaining Catholic hospital, said only that it was working with others to resolve its “serious financial challenges.”

Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined other politicians Tuesday demanded that the state health department intervene, saying the takeover would “paralyze medical assistance on the West Side.”

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