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St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan lays off 180 employees

New York Times blog, December 11, 2009

St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan announced it has laid off 180 of its 3,800 employees, blaming the recession and two years of healthcare cuts and taxes imposed by the state of New York. Michael Fagan, a spokesman for the hospital, said in an interview that those being laid off ranged from administrative workers to support workers in food service, housekeeping, and clerical jobs. He said some nurses—the only medical staff members laid off—were affected, but he could not say how many. St. Vincent's, with 366 beds, is a major presence in Greenwich Village and the latest among a handful of community hospitals in New York City and the surrounding area to lay off workers in recent months. The hospital came out of bankruptcy two years ago, and it continues to carry some debt, Fagan said.