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    Myths vs. Truths at St. Vincent's Hospital Myths vs. Truths at St. Vincent's Hospital Presentation Transcript

    • The Myths & Truths on the Closure of
    • Myth 1 St. Vincent’s is a private hospital and can close at any time.
    • The TRUTH •Not-For-Profit •Public Health Law •Administrative Regulations
    • Myth 2 St. Vincent’s was run professionally by experts in the medical field.
    • The TRUTH •Run by outside consultants •$10 million for 10 Executives •Hundreds of Millions in Consultants
    • Myth 3 St. Vincent’s Board of Directors acted responsibly.
    • The TRUTH •Did not comply with Open Meetings Law •Actions taken in secret •Refused to bring in restructuring team in 2009
    • Myth 4 St. Vincent’s complied with the law in closing the hospital.
    • The TRUTH •Not-for-Profit •Public Health Law •Administrative Regulations •“Hiding” in Bankruptcy
    • Myth 5 St. Vincent’s made public disclosure of their financial documents.
    • The TRUTH •Failed to file with the AG for years as required by law •Never mentioned debts to Public Officials
    • Myth 6 St. Vincent’s was almost a billion dollars in debt.
    • The TRUTH •Shifting of assets in 2001 •St. Vincent’s absorbs all debt
    • Myth 7 An “urgent care” facility is as good as a Hospital.
    • The TRUTH •Not an emergency room •No beds •Duane Reade?
    • Myth 8 Department of Health fulfilled its mandate to oversee the operation of St. Vincent’s.
    • The TRUTH •All actions cloaked in secrecy •No documents released to the public
    • Myth 9 The Charities Bureau at the Attorney General’s Office ensured that St. Vincent’s complied with the law.
    • The TRUTH •Failed to file for three years •Incomplete Filings •“Not-for-Profit Enron”
    • Myth 10 This can’t happen again!
    • The TRUTH •The future of Health Care if we don’t stop it.
    • 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