It was a celebration that warranted the release of more than 500 balloons outside Monroe Community Hospital on Monday.
Hospital residents, staff and county officials gathered to recognize the 80th anniversary of MCH.
Five hundred and sixty-six balloons were let go, each representing a hospital resident with a name inside. Now if you find one of these balloons around the city, you can bring it into the hospital. The balloon found the furthest away will split $100 with the resident on the balloon's card.
"We've made a public commitment to support this hospital even if it means that the finances are harder and harder to put together each year," said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. "We understand that it has a very unique and special mission and provides care to people that might not be able to receive care elsewhere."
The event was held at the exact spot the building was dedicated 80 years ago. Residents at MCH that just happen to be turning 80 this year were also celebrated.