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As St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan closes, other hospitals get busier

New York Times, April 12, 2010

St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City has closed its emergency room. But within that area, even people who might not ordinarily go to St. Vincent's to see a doctor could, if they called 911, be picked up by a St. Vincent's ambulance. Depending on location, traffic, how busy other hospitals are, and the patient's own choice, St. Vincent 's ambulances will now go to other nearby hospitals. Some, like St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, are a considerable distance from St. Vincent's. Over the weekend, Beth Israel Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center—both east of St. Vincent's—reported an increased number of emergency patients from the Village area.