MC Hospital

Monroe County Hospital has had to rent an ambulance to move patients between floors after the hospital’s elevator went out.

Hospital CEO Lorraine Smith told the Reporter that the elevator was deemed unsafe just after July 4 but should be repaired soon. Smith said the elevator repair company is waiting on parts to fix it. She said when the repairmen said there was a potential the elevator could fall they decided to close it and not to take a chance.

Smith said the hospital has rented an ambulance to move patients and equipment between floors. She said they’re thinking about adding a wheelchair ramp to help in situations like this in case it ever happens again.

Smith said the hospital has had strong patient numbers lately and only a very small number with COVID.