Former staff file suit against St. Vincent's

August 16, 2010 2:17:37 PM PDT
Former employees of now-defunct St. Vincent's Hospital say the 160-year-old Manhattan institution was destroyed by mismanagement - including expenses like a $278,000 golf outing.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, hospital executives also spent $17 million for management consultants and $104 million on other, unspecified expenses.

The Greenwich Village facility closed in April with a debt topping $1 billion dollars.

Doctors and nurses charge that 10 top executives had salaries of $1 million each as the hospital was headed for bankruptcy.

St. Vincent's was founded by the Sisters of Charity, a Roman Catholic order of nuns.