July 3, 2009
A blessing and topping off ceremony was recently held to commemorate placement of the final steel beam on the new Mercy Hospital Emergency Department construction project. As part of the ceremony, the final beam was signed by several Mercy Hospital associates, Sisters of Mercy, construction workers, donors and friends before it was hoisted to the top of the steel frame.
In the traditional ironworkers’ ceremony, the final beam is painted white and topped off with a small tree. The ceremony celebrates that the project went smoothly, without injury, and is done as a good luck charm for the workers and future occupants of the building.
Also in June, electrical underground work began which affected the hospital’s Choate Avenue sidewalk. The work involves removing the sidewalk from the corner of Abbott Road and Choate to the corner of Mercy Street and Choate, placing underground piping, and installing new sidewalks. During this phase, the sidewalk has been closed to
pedestrian traffic; however, the doctors’ parking lot, ambulance entrance, and the main entrance to Trocaire College continue to have 24-hour access. The work is slated to be finished in July.
The $32 million construction project will result in a 46,000 square-foot addition to the front of the hospital. When completed, the state-of-the-art ER facility will feature 34 private treatment rooms, including three airborne isolation rooms, and two resuscitation rooms. In addition, there will be expanded space for physician staff, nursing, and support services.
|From left: Bob Hawks, Mercy Hospital Construction Manager; John Davanzo, Senior Vice President of Regional Development; Daniel McCormack, Executive Director of the Mercy Hospital Foundation; and C.J. Urlaub, Mercy Hospital President and CEO celebrate the completion of the steel frame for the new Emergency Department addition to the front of the hospital.|