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ERs fill up in downtown Manhattan

New York Times, June 17, 2010

Emergency rooms in downtown Manhattan have become more crowded since St. Vincent's Hospital closed in April, but ambulances are getting patients into the remaining ERs faster than they did when the hospital was open. The four downtown ERs left to pick up the slack—Bellevue Hospital Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Downtown Hospital and New York University Langone Medical Center—have seen spikes in visits in May between 11% and 29% over 2008. ERs were unusually crowded in May 2009 because of the swine-flu scare, but visits rose slightly this May at all but Downtown's emergency room, the Wall Street Journal reports.