“The loss of acute care beds at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center is a disappointing setback. However, we remain very optimistic that efforts to preserve urgent primary, HIV/AIDS and other services at St. Vincent’s are making progress at this hour.
“We are hopeful that a significant institution will replace the lost acute care beds with a new urgent care center. This model and urgent care center would also provide twenty-three hour urgent care beds as well as preventive specialty, diagnostic and imaging care. We are calling on the state not to approve any St. Vincent’s closure plans until there’s an appropriate urgent health care option for the West Side.
“We will continue to work with community and labor leaders, state and local elected officials to meet the emergency health care needs of Manhattan’s West Side.””