Myths vs. Truths at St. Vincent's Hospital

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  • 1. The Myths & Truths on the Closure of
  • 2. Myth 1 St. Vincent’s is a private hospital and can close at any time.
  • 3. The TRUTH •Not-For-Profit •Public Health Law •Administrative Regulations
  • 4. Myth 2 St. Vincent’s was run professionally by experts in the medical field.
  • 5. The TRUTH •Run by outside consultants •$10 million for 10 Executives •Hundreds of Millions in Consultants
  • 6. Myth 3 St. Vincent’s Board of Directors acted responsibly.
  • 7. The TRUTH •Did not comply with Open Meetings Law •Actions taken in secret •Refused to bring in restructuring team in 2009
  • 8. Myth 4 St. Vincent’s complied with the law in closing the hospital.
  • 9. The TRUTH •Not-for-Profit •Public Health Law •Administrative Regulations •“Hiding” in Bankruptcy
  • 10. Myth 5 St. Vincent’s made public disclosure of their financial documents.
  • 11. The TRUTH •Failed to file with the AG for years as required by law •Never mentioned debts to Public Officials
  • 12. Myth 6 St. Vincent’s was almost a billion dollars in debt.
  • 13. The TRUTH •Shifting of assets in 2001 •St. Vincent’s absorbs all debt
  • 14. Myth 7 An “urgent care” facility is as good as a Hospital.
  • 15. The TRUTH •Not an emergency room •No beds •Duane Reade?
  • 16. Myth 8 Department of Health fulfilled its mandate to oversee the operation of St. Vincent’s.
  • 17. The TRUTH •All actions cloaked in secrecy •No documents released to the public
  • 18. Myth 9 The Charities Bureau at the Attorney General’s Office ensured that St. Vincent’s complied with the law.
  • 19. The TRUTH •Failed to file for three years •Incomplete Filings •“Not-for-Profit Enron”
  • 20. Myth 10 This can’t happen again!
  • 21. The TRUTH •The future of Health Care if we don’t stop it.
  • 22. Emergency Department Treatment vs. Urgent Care Treatment You cannot have an emergency room without a hospital! When you need to go to the When an Urgent Care Center can Emergency Room: better meet your needs: If you have a serious condition - stroke, • Minor burns or injuries heart attack, severe bleeding, head • Sprains and strains injury • Coughs, colds, and sore throats or other major trauma don't take a • Ear infections chance • Allergic reactions (non life- with anything life threatening. The ER threatening) is • Fever or flu-like symptoms the best place for these and other • Rash or other skin irritations critical conditions, including: • Mild asthma • Chest pain • Animal bites • Difficulty breathing • Severe bleeding or head trauma • Loss of consciousness • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision • Heart attack • Stroke