Greenwich House Supports its Seniors in Fight for St. Vincent’s

Greenwich House CEO Roy Leavitt took a stand with government leaders and other community organizations today in support of keeping St. Vincent’s Hospital from shutting its emergency room (ER) and hospital services.
 
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn called together local leaders, politicians, and residents to advocate for, and share their experiences with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. Speakers commented on the caring quality of the hospital, which has been exploring restructuring options in lieu of recent financial difficulties.

Most proposals have recommended privatizing the hospitals in a clinic format and eliminating ER services. For the 62,000 visitors to the ER annually, this presents a major problem—especially for the 14 percent of visitors that are seniors. This decision is vital for the senior community, many of which we serve at Greenwich House. Often these patrons need to make frequent visits for care and have trouble traveling long distances to other hospitals, or rely on the at-home visits unique to St. Vincent’s.
 
St. Vincent’s has adopted some of the practices that Greenwich House encourages: a special community that can provide a family-like, caring atmosphere for its clients. Those who spoke unanimously recognized the hospital for its personalized service and compassionate atmosphere.
 
Jessica Lappin, City Council Member and Chair of the Committee for the Aging, spoke about how the hospital is “too caring to fail.” Regardless of your insurance or ability to pay, “they take care of you because it’s the right thing to do,” she continued.
 
St. Vincent’s provides a unique level of treatment that embodies the characteristics Greenwich House holds dear. Many patrons of the Greenwich House Senior Center also rely on St. Vincent’s for medical care. We must support this valued service provider to ensure that members of our community continue to have access to this care that they have relied on for so long. St. Vincent’s ER has provided long-term support to our community, and now we must in turn provide our support for them.
 
Contact your local representatives today to provide your support. Additional legislators that have pledged their support along with Council Speaker Quinn include: Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Thomas Duane, State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and NYC Council Member Margaret Chin.

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