I worked there in Medical Records from 89 to 94, it was the place I learned hospital coding. I was the second to last person out the door when they closed it. I loved that place, 2 of my 3 kids were born there in the 70's. The maternity ward was a very happy place due to the nurses, they were awesome.
Shawn, St. V's didn't sell us up a creek, it was our own bad management. We blew $4million on the doctors offices we put in the malls that didn't work out and then we got effed by Blue Cross because they sold us employee coverage but then wouldn't let any of their other subscribers come to us. At the end, the board brought in a management company to try to get us back in the black but they really were just advising us how to shut the place down. St. V's rescued us by buying us up, hiring a lot of us, and then closing us...to do anything else would have brought them down, too, we were hemorrhaging money. They hired me, but at the 11th hour I got a call from a desperate solo coder at MCO and went out there instead (and found out later a whole lot of PVH employees went out there...better fit, philosophy-wise) Best move I ever made, I hate V's.
Don't be down about the industry, get back into it, you loved it once! I started out as a Certified Medical Assistant with an Assoc degree, and now I'll retire in 5 years from UTMC with more 3 certifications and a secure future, thanks to their commitment to making me a better coder. If you can't handle the patient care side, get into coding/billing, it's well-paying and secure.