*6/18 UPDATE: A call to St. Vincent's from a major media outlet, who emailed me, reveals the hospital is auctioning off these items and they are not being destroyed.
As the goodbye notes on boarded-up St. Vincent's hospital continue to accumulate, across the avenue at the hospital's doomed O'Toole building, an outdoor courtyard has filled up with discarded medical equipment.
It's a tangled graveyard of exam tables, scales, IV stands, walkers, chairs, and much more.
I don't know what's to become of this equipment. Left out in the elements, it looks a lot like trash. And visible red stickers announce the single-word instruction: DESTROY.
While some of it may be trash, much of it looks viable. Why is this equipment not being donated to community medical clinics in poor neighborhoods in the city, or across the country? Couldn't an organization that helps set up clinics in places like Haiti take this on?