TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

The Monsour mess ... grows & grows & grows

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
 

Medical waste left behind by the miserable management of the Monsour Medical Center has prompted yet another state-ordered cleanup after Jeannette officials reported that serious health hazards remain within the former hospital's mold-covered walls.

Sure enough, inspectors on Monday found several gallon containers filled with used needles and other “sharps,” used syringes and broken slides containing human tissue. Heaven knows what's stored inside locked cabinets. The state already has been through the dilapidated building once to remove biohazardous material.

There remain as well reams of still-unsecured patient and doctor files scattered amid the debris.

All this and more are part of the lingering legacy of ex-CEO Michael Monsour and his administrative miscreants, who walked away from the problem-plagued hospital after it flunked a series of state inspections six years ago.

This monument to their temerity is not the taxpayers' problem, nor should it become such.

Whoever was in charge of the building when it closed will be tapped for the cleanup bill, now at about $20,000 and rising, a state environmental official says. With that also comes responsibility for the proper disposition of those medical files and, posthaste, the decrepit building's demolition.

More than enough public time and public resources have been spent exposing the extent of this intolerable mess. It's time to serve notice to those legally responsible to clean it up.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates’ 5-game winning streak ends with 1-0 loss to Brewers
  2. More companies embrace exchanges to curb health care costs
  3. Paying tuition a challenge as costs skyrocket and aid varies
  4. Gas industry remedies ‘brain drain’ in Western Pennsylvania
  5. Hill District leaders irked as Penguins submit former Civic Arena site plan to city
  6. Penguins notebook: Crosby sits, could be out ‘couple days’
  7. Technical difficulties: Living with the angst of a digital diet
  8. Electricity rates expected to increase this winter
  9. Penn State rolls past Massachusetts
  10. Starkey: Can Steelers’ Mitchell find Carolina cure?
  11. Penguins’ Rutherford hopes to raise Cup again
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.