St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Hospital in California, United States

St. Vincent Medical Center (SVMC) is a hospital in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. Started by the Daughters of Charity in 1856, the hospital closed on January 24, 2020, due to the bankruptcy of Verity Health System.[1]

The hospital reopened on April 13, 2020, as the Los Angeles Surge Hospital through a partnership with Los Angeles County, Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health. The State of California is temporarily leasing the hospital as a treatment center for COVID-19.


The Daughters of Charity came to Los Angeles on January 6, 1856. This group of six women included three Spanish and three American women. Their initial goal was to start an orphanage and school for the local community. After the county officials recognized the talent of a sister as a nurse, they proposed the idea of them

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Denis Vincent, an affable dentist and passionate skier, is British Columbia’s first death of COVID-19

Dr. Denis Vincent was in the business of smiles. 

His patients say he was a talented dentist, but remember him most vividly for his gift of making others feel good. 

“You knew he had competency, but he was also a people person. He made you feel at ease,” said longtime patient Anne Bethune. “You know when people have that extra gift with their chosen profession? I didn’t spend a lot of time in his chair, but in that time, he nailed personal connection.”

Bethune, whose three sons also saw Vincent, first learned of his death when a friend she had referred to his Vancouver, British Columbia, practice texted that he was believed to be the province’s first COVID-19-related death. He was 62 and had no known pre-existing conditions. 

A father of two sons, Vincent was also an avid skier and sailor. 

“He gave me hope. This is a tragic

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