Civil rights lawyers try to stop St. Vincent's closure

April 19, 2010 5:04:20 PM PDT
Civil rights lawyers say they plan to go to court to prevent the closing of Saint Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. Earlier this month, the board of directors of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center voted to close the Greenwich Village hospital's inpatient services, including acute, rehabilitation and behavioral health care services.

In a statement, lawyers say they plan to file a complaint Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of a patient, hospital employees and members of the community.

Saint Vincent's Hospital, a 160-year-old institution, treated hundreds of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and was at the forefront of the early response to the AIDS epidemic.

The hospital's outpatient services will continue as the organization seeks solutions to keep them running.