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Ambulances to divert from closing St. Vincent's

April 8, 2010 3:21:48 PM PDT
Officials say the Fire Department of New York will begin diverting most ambulances away from financially troubled St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village. FDNY spokesman James Long says all ambulance transports except those for psychiatric patients will be diverted to other hospitals by 10 a.m. Friday.

A hospital spokesman says walk-in patients will still be accepted and treated.

Long says ambulances will be diverted to nearby hospitals. He says the hospitals have been notified.

The board of directors of St. Vincent's sponsors announced Tuesday that it would end its inpatient services at the 160-year-old institution. About 3,500 employees will lose their jobs.

The hospital's sponsors are trying to find partners for its outpatient services.


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