Waynesville provides restroom unit for hospital

Jun 27, 2014

Restrooms Temporarily Unavailable at Marshall Street Park


WAYNESVILLE –The mobile restroom unit that has been in use at the Recreation Park on Marshall Street was removed on Thursday, June 26 in an effort to provide additional bathroom facilities to assist at MedWest-Haywood.


While there is no definitive timeframe for its return, it is hoped that the unit will only be gone for a few weeks.


“This will certainly help MedWest get through a very difficult and critical time in the life of the hospital and the Town is happy to assist,” Said Town Manager Marcy Onieal.


She also thanked the Recreation department for their willingness to help the community and asked for understanding and patience from park patrons.  “We hope those using the park understand the need for this action.”


Restroom facilities are available for use at the Vance Street Park and in the main Recreation Center building until the unit is returned.


Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown started the series of events to make the transfer possible.


He was chatting a couple while eating out, and the lack of sanitary rest rooms at the hospital came up. A fire broke out at MedWest-Haywood in Clyde on June 19 that ultimately closed the hospital. Other MedWest facilities in the county remain open, and a emergency medical unit is in place to handle patients who would usually go to the emergency department.


However, there is plenty of activity at the hospital as contract workers and employees strive to get restore electricity and running water to the facility.

When Brown heard of the situation, he contacted Rhett Langston, the town’s park and recreation director, about the possibility of temporarily relocating the mobile restroom unit.

“This is how things get done in a small town,” Brown said. “wo e-mails later, the hospital staff has a very nice functioning bathroom.  Kudos to town staff.”