Administrators want to inform folks the asbestos poses no threat. Asbestos was the building material of choice back in the mid 40's, but since then folks have learned it can cause some serious problems.
Officials don't deny the asbestos is there. In fact, they say they're working to remove the material. Madison County Memorial Hospital was built in 1954 and during that time asbestos was the material used as insulation. It can be found in the ceiling throughout the entire facility.
James Gary, an administrator at Madison County Hospital, says, "It's in the piping located in the ceiling above the ceiling. The pipes were wrapped in asbestos, and as long as you don't go up there hit the pipes and knock it loose there's no problem, it's contained."
Though the word, asbestos can illicit fear in folks. Hospital officials say the material poses no threat to either patients or employees.
Bob Pugh, Madison Hospital Board Chairman, says, "If we felt there was any danger whatsoever we would take action immediately, but we've passed our quality test and feel no danger."
The bulk of the material is located in the broiler room where the majority of the pipes are wrapped in the asbestos material. To quell fears hospital officials have a posted a danger sign on the door preventing folks other than employees from entering the room.
Hospital administrators have contacted the EPA and were told if the asbestos is not tampered with it's considered safe. For the time being, administrators say the room where the bulk of the asbestos is located is under lock and key, and right now they're getting quotes from several folks and will be removing the asbestos from the hospital as soon as they can.
Source: University of Louisville Department of Environmental Health and Safety contributed to this report.