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Final Steel Beam Placed on Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department Construction Project During “Topping Off” Ceremony

December 12, 2012

Amanda Kramer, RN, Emergency Department Clinical Advisor, Heather Telford, RN, Emergency Department Nurse Manager, Gary Constantino, Cathoilc Health Director, Facility Planning, Design & Construction, Mark Sullivan, Catholic Health Chief Operating Officer, and James Millard, Kenmore Mercy President & CEO, sign the beam before it is hoisted.

Amanda Kramer, RN, Emergency Department Clinical Advisor, Heather Telford, RN, Emergency Department Nurse Manager, Gary Constantino, Cathoilc Health Director, Facility Planning, Design & Construction, Mark Sullivan, Catholic Health Chief Operating Officer, and James Millard, Kenmore Mercy President & CEO, sign the beam before it is hoisted.   

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, has reached a milestone in its Emergency Department construction project.  Hospital officials, employees and supporters, as well as construction workers from the project, gathered on December 12 for a traditional “topping off” ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project’s steel infrastructure. 

“Topping off” is a traditional ironworkers’ ceremony that marks the point when a structure’s last steel beam is hoisted into place. The final beam is painted white and signed in advance by staff, contractors and donors before being topped off with an evergreen tree, and sometimes a flag. 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.

A worker from Stockwell Construction secures the beam before it is lifted into place.

A worker from Stockwell Construction secure the beam before it is lifted into place.

Paul Shantz from Stockwell Construction puts the final beam in place.

Paul Shantz from Stockwell Construction puts the final beam in place. 

Bill Vaughan, Executive Resident, Mission Integration blesses the final beam.

Bill Vaughan, Executive Resident, Mission Integration blesses the final beam.

“The Emergency Department project is moving ahead according to schedule,” said James M. Millard, president and CEO, Kenmore Mercy Hospital.  “This new expansion will allow us to continue providing what our community needs and deserves - safe and effective emergency care with the latest technology.”

Designed by Kideney Architects and developed by R&P Oakhill Development, the new $14 million Emergency Department  will nearly double the size of Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s existing ER and bring the most advanced emergency care to individuals, families and businesses throughout the region. Designed to care for up to 40,000 patients a year, the 24,000 square-foot facility, located on the south side of the hospital, will include 23 private treatment rooms equipped with the latest medical emergency and clinical information technology.

“This is a day to honor the ironworkers and our entire construction crew for their hard work and to celebrate what this steel structure will become – a state-of-the-art Emergency Department where patients can come for prompt and efficient care 24 hours-a-day.”

In November, the hospital was also granted permission by the New York State Department of Health to add a second floor above the new ER project to simultaneously build a $5.7 million orthopedic inpatient unit. The 15,300 square foot unit will include 24 private rooms, a visitors’ lounge, a staff lounge and two nursing stations, and will offer physical therapy rehabilitation services.

A portion of the financing for the new Emergency Department, which is expected to open in the summer of 2013, comes from a $1 million major gift campaign conducted by the Kenmore Mercy Foundation. To date, the foundation has raised $1,005,155.

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