The sound echoed throughout Montefiore Medical Center, like somebody pounding dozens of nails around the clock.
Wham! Wham! Wham!
The source was actually a pill banger, used to crush medications for geriatric patients who can't swallow whole pills.
The process occurred repeatedly each shift, disrupting sleeping patients and annoying employees. It was finally replaced by a pill grinder, more pepper mill than hammer, part of a noise-reduction campaign that includes rubber wheels on instrument carts, soft-soled shoes and posters reminding staff members, patients and visitors to pipe down.