Volume 77 / Number 41 - March 12 - 18, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Villager photos by Shoshanna Bettencourt
New ambulances are just what the doctor ordered
Last Friday, St. Vincents Hospital dedicated four new ambulances, which replace older vehicles in the Greenwich Village hospitals 17-strong fleet. The new ambulances or buses as police call them feature G.P.S. tracking, allowing the Fire Department to monitor their location, roomier cabins and the latest portable electronic patient monitors. Above, Henry Amoroso, president and C.E.O. of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, left, gave a commemorative mini St. Vincents ambulance to Susan Rohan and Vincent Rohan, vice president and president, respectively, of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Foundation, in honor of their funding of the purchase of one of the ambulances, which each cost about $150,000 after being fully equipped. Below, after Father Jim Rooney, St. Vincents chaplain, blessed the quartet of new ambulances with holy water, he also gave the hospitals emergency medical technicians a surprise blessing. It was a lighthearted moment for the E.M.T.s, many of whom were down at ground zero aiding the wounded on 9/11. In 1900, St. Vincents became the first U.S. hospital to use a motor-powered ambulance.