Supporters file suit to stop St. Vincent's closure

April 20, 2010 3:19:59 PM PDT
Supporters of St. Vincent's Hospital have filed a lawsuit to keep the facility from shutting down. The suit filed Tuesday claims the closing of the hospital violates state health laws because the Health Department hasn't yet fully approved the closure plan.

But health officials say the hospital had approval for everything that's been done so far. St. Vincent's did not comment on the suit.

Only several dozen patients are still in the 700-bed facility, which has sought bankruptcy protection. The board of directors of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers have voted to close the Greenwich Village hospital's inpatient services, including acute, rehabilitation and behavioral health care services.

A thousand St. Vincent's employees were officially laid off Monday.