NEW YORK (CNS) — St. Vincent’s Hospital, the last surviving Catholic general hospital in New York is enmeshed in a struggle to keep its doors open and fulfill its mandate to serve the sick poor.

Sister Jane Iannucelli, a Sister of Charity who is vice chairwoman of the medical centers, told Catholic News Service the hospital has been a leader in caring for the neediest and “people no one else wanted,” from 19th-century cholera victims to early AIDS sufferers who were “left on our loading dock.”

Sister Jane said the mission of the Sisters of Charity is to reveal God’s love as a share in the mission of Jesus. That is expressed at St. Vincent’s by caring for the sick poor and people with the greatest needs, she said.

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