Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
A reconfigured St. Vincent's Medical Center will live to see another day under new ownership.
The trustees of the bankrupt Greenwich Village hospital announced Thursday that they have sold off most of the complex – and one major building will be transformed into an emergency room and outpatient care center.
Northshore LIJ will acquire the landmarked white building on West 12th Street and invest 110 million dollars to transform it into what they’re calling a "comprehensive care center."
The rest of the complex is being acquired by Rudin Management Company, a Manhattan-based developer. Rudin said it will build about 300 residential units, a 564-seat elementary school and a small park.
A motion to approve the sale will be presented to the bankruptcy court on April 7, 2011.
Many community activists, including Eileen Dunn, are disappointed that the facility would have no inpatient beds and would no longer be a full-fledged trauma center.
"If anybody was in cardiac arrest or having a stroke, they would not go to this urgent care center, they would go to a real hospital," Dunn said. "People will go there and have to be transferred across town or uptown to a full-service hospital."
North Shore said the facility will be the first free-standing emergency room in New York and will be comparable to many "community hospitals," where surgery cannot be performed.
The new 24-hour ER will not be a so-called Level I trauma center, which can handle all emergencies.
The new institution will need approvals from various agencies, including the state Health Department, the city Planning Department and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
North Shore anticipates it will serve about 500 people a day, both in the E.R. and other outpatient centers.