A “topping off” ceremony was held at Southern Ohio Medical Center Nov. 16, when construction crew members placed the final steel beam on top of the new patient care addition in front of the existing hospital on the Main Campus, 1805 27th St.
This tradition at major construction sites includes organization members signing the beam before it is placed, and a flag and potted tree are secured to the beam until final construction requires their removal.
Throughout the prior week SOMC employees signed the beam, which was painted white, with permanent marker, and all were invited to the brief ceremony where refreshments were served. When the patient care addition is completed in 2009, the four floors will include 102 private patient rooms.
The expansion is part of overall changes at SOMC coming with the arrival open heart surgery in mid-2008.