Saint Clare's Hospital (Manhattan)
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Saint Clare's Hospital Manhattan

Saint Clare's Hospital is a former Catholic hospital, located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It operated from 1934 to 2007.


The hospital was founded in 1934 by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, based in upstate New York, to serve the working-class neighborhood, composed largely of Italian and Irish immigrants to the United States. It provided basic nursing care; to help with this, a school of nursing was founded.

In an effort to respond better to the changing needs of the neighborhood, the hospital expanded from basic medical care to provide a wide range of services, especially in the field of social service. One example was the founding in 1977 of a small shelter solely for homeless women, called The Dwelling Place. It was established by a small group of Franciscan Sisters who took over an abandoned brownstone near the hospital in order to house these women, who often refused to stay in public shelters because they did not feel safe in them.[1]

By the early 1980s the hospital had become St. Clare's Hospital and Health Center.[2] It had a capacity of 250 beds, as well as a small psychiatric unit of 12 beds.[3]

Services provided

  • Acute Renal Dialysis Services
  • Alcohol And/Or Drug Services
  • Ambulance (Owned) Services
  • Anatomical Laboratory Services
  • Anesthesia Services
  • Blood Bank Services
  • CT Scanner Services
  • Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Services
  • Clinical Laboratory Services
  • Dedicated Emergency Department Services
  • Dental Services
  • Diagnostic Radiology Services
  • Dietary Services
  • Emergency Services
  • ICU - Medical/Surgical Services
  • Inpatient Surgical Services
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services
  • Nuclear Medicine Services
  • Operating Room Services
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
  • Outpatient Services
  • Outpatient Surgery Unit Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Podiatric Services
  • Postoperative Recovery Room Services
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Respiratory Care Services
  • Social Services[3]

AIDS care

When AIDS began to emerge in the United States during the early 1980s, New York was one of the hardest-hit cities but had no specialized facility to address the patients' multiple needs. Despite his disagreements otherwise with the gay community, Archbishop John J. O'Connor approved the opening of such a facility at St. Clare's. It was the first hospital in New York to care for HIV/AIDS patients.[4]

St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital

In 2003 the Franciscan Sisters came to the conclusion that they could no longer operate the hospital, due as much to the diminishing membership of the Congregation as to finances. Arrangements were made to transfer the hospital to the auspices of Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center, the oldest Catholic hospital in the city, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. The transfer was accomplished and the hospital was renamed St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital.[5]


In 2005 the Governor of New York, George Pataki, established the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. Its goal was to evaluate the services and capacities of the hospitals in the state, in order to find ways of streamlining medical care and avoiding the duplication of services. Chaired by Stephen Berger, it was commonly referred to as the "Berger Commission".[6]

The Commission determined that St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital was superfluous to the needs of the local community and ordered its closure. This took place on 31 August 2007.[5]


  1. ^ "Sponsored Ministries". Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "St. Clare's Hospital & Health Center". Hospitals Worldwide. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b "St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital - NEW YORK, N.Y." Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Michael O'Loughlin (December 1, 2019). "Surviving the AIDS crisis as a gay Catholic". Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS & the Catholic Church (Podcast). America. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Home". St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Stephen Berger". State of New York: Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. Retrieved 2013.

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