NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Approves North Shore-LIJ’s Plans for Former St. Vincent’s Property

August 2, 2011

North Shore-LIJ Health System President & CEO Michael Dowling issued the following statement in response to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval today of North Shore-LIJ’s application to restore the Maritime Union Building (more commonly known as the O’Toole Building) on the former St. Vincent’s Hospital campus at 7th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets in Manhattan and convert the 160,000-square-foot structure into a neighborhood medical complex anchored by a freestanding emergency department, imaging and ambulatory surgery center.

"The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's approval today of North Shore-LIJ's designs to convert the Maritime Union Building in Greenwich Village into a Center for Comprehensive Care brings us one step closer to restoring the high-quality, around-the-clock emergency care that West Side residents have been without since the April 2010 closure of St. Vincent's Hospital. Regrettably, recent news about the possible closure of Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens serves as a reminder of the financial instability of New York area hospitals. North Shore-LIJ's sound, realistic proposal to establish a freestanding emergency department, complemented by imaging and ambulatory surgery services, will give West Side residents the assurance of a stable, high-quality healthcare provider that's committed to meeting their needs now and in the future."

Note: North Shore-LIJ’s certificate of need application to the New York State Department of Health is still under review.

Media Contact: Terry Lynam

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August 3, 2011
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