Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
New York, NY –
A Manhattan-based hospital is receiving a multi-million dollar grant to operate an "urgent care center" at the site of the financially troubled St. Vincents Hospital. Lenox Hill Hospital will receive $9 million from New York State to operate the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients would be able to seek emergency care, as long as they don't need surgery or hospital admission.
North Shore-Long Island Jewish medical center will operate an ambulance service to transport patients in the area to nearby trauma centers for more serious emergencies. North Shore is one of the area's largest and most financially stable hospital systems, and it's been in talks with Lenox Hill for months about a possible merger.
Four large health clinics from Chelsea to Chinatown are also receiving funding from Albany as part of the deal. They'll get close to $5 million to expand facilities and faculty in order to absorb many of St. Vincent's patients who need various primary care services, including outpatient treatment for HIV-AIDS.