St. Croix’s Luis Hospital spent months and thousands of dollars modifying two mobile operating room trailers on loan from New Jersey — reflooring, re-equipping, even attaching the trailers to the hospital itself.

But by the time the trailers became serviceable, the loan had expired, meaning the hospital — and the territory — had to shell out more than $200,000 to demobilize and return units that were never used.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email