Now that St. Vincent's hospital has delivered its last baby and is closing for good, displaced Greenwich Village patients have been flooding Beth Israel hospital across town. According to the Daily News, Beth Israel has seen a 25% increase in walk-in patients in the week since St. Vincent's shut down, and daily admissions are at an all time high. Beth Israel also got hit with twice their average number of ambulances two days after St. Vincent's stopped accepting them.

Beth Israel doctors are learning to cope with the influx. "We were inundated...and today is approaching that. But that's the nature of it," said physician's assistant Umberto DeJesus. Officials did anticipate the rise in patients, and added extra nurses and expanded clinical services hours. But Greenwich Village locals are still upset about having to make the schlep to the east side. Patient Ed Lorenzo said it was "a longer commute for older people," and that during a recent visit his doctor had to send him from the west side in an ambulance.

Beth Israel was forced to deal with a bunch of new patients in 2008 when Cabrini Medical Center closed down, but are confident they'll be able to deal like before. According to emergency medicine associate chair Kathleen Ehrenberg, they were inspected last week by the Health Department to make sure everything was running smoothly. "He is timing us for how quickly we turn over the ambulances, get them back out on the street," she said.