Updated: 09/23/2013 7:59 PM
Created: 09/23/2013 6:52 AM WHEC.com
It's been 80 years since Monroe Community Hospital's location on East Henrietta Road was dedicated. Community and hospital leaders, along with hospital residents, came together Monday to celebrate the success of the past eight decades.
A balloon launch was held at the hospital Monday. Five hundred sixty six balloons were released, one for each resident of the hospital.
The county has been providing long-term health services since 1826, but the current building first opened its doors in 1933.
Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive said, “Monroe Community Hospital is a hybrid. It's not just a long term care nursing home, we have children here, we have rehabilitation patients here, we have hospital beds here so people come here for hospital services as well. It's really a very very unique facility, one that we're very proud of, a lot of history, it's been in this community for a long long time."
Inside each balloon released Monday was information about one of the hospital's residents. Hospital officials hope whoever finds those balloons will take the opportunity to contact the hospital and reach out to the resident featured inside.