From the NY Times:
This week, Gov. David A. Paterson pledged to help keep St. Vincent’s, the last remaining Catholic general hospital in the city, open for another month while officials looked for a long-term solution. But on Friday, a spokeswoman for the governor said that while the state was trying to help, it would not be able to single-handedly provide enough money for the hospital to stay open.
“The governor’s office has been meeting nonstop with all the stakeholders to find a solution,” said the spokeswoman, Marissa Shorenstein. “Governor Paterson is doing everything he can to keep St. Vincent’s going. But we can’t do it alone. We need partners.”
So far, the hospital, which is $700 million in debt and in danger of bankruptcy, has not found a partner.
When Caritas closed St. John's and Mary Immaculate Hospitals last year, it had only $188 million in liabilities - for 2 hospitals. While workers were asking for help:
Governor Paterson didn't give a shit.
Christine Quinn didn't give a shit.
Mayor Bloomberg didn't give a shit.
Local 1199 of the S.E.I.U. was more interested in attending Obama's inauguration.
Number of people in Queens: 2.3M
Number of hospitals in Queens: 9
Number of people in Manhattan: 1.6M
Number of hospitals in Manhattan: 23
And most of the "million more people" Bloomberg wants to see in the city by 2030 are heading straight to Queens.
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