NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – On the first anniversary of the closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital, hundreds gathered to rally for a new hospital to be built in their community.
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Residents in the West Village are not only angry, but also scared. They said that since the hospital shut down a year ago, they’re afraid if they have a heart attack or stroke, they won’t be able to make it to the hospital in time.
“I always felt safer with the hospital one block away, but now if something happened, I don’t know what will become of me,” Dr. Jerri Nussdorf said.READ MORE: Omicron Variant Was In Europe Before South Africa Sounded Alarm
Hundreds rallied for a new hospital because right now there are plans to open an urgent care center and build condos—something they are going to fight.
“There is nothing an urgent care center can do for us, but fix a cut,” one woman said.
Yetta Kurland, an organizer at the rally, said the community is in a crisis without a hospital.MORE NEWS: 4 Firefighters Injured In Ceiling Collapse Battling Upper East Side Restaurant Fire
“It’s plunged our community into a health crisis that we have yet to recover from and here we are on the one-year anniversary of the closing of St. Vincent’s hospital and still no health care solutions. So we’re here today to say our community needs a hospital,” she said.