Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) celebrated last Friday with a “Topping Out” ceremony to commemorate a new milestone for the $37 million replacement hospital project.
“The Topping Out ceremony signifies that the main structure of the building is complete. The last beam has been placed,” said Megan Morris, director of development and community affairs.
“The bones” of the new hospital are on full display at the new site, located along the Madison bypass, in between the Bethany Road Exchange and Highway 441.
Hospital employees were invited to a luncheon on site Friday afternoon to tour the new facility and listen to remarks from hospital leaders about the progress.
According to hospital leaders, the project is currently 30 percent of the way complete and is “on time and on budget.” Of the $37 million budget, more than $2 million has been raised through private donations.
Full completion is anticipated for the end of 2018. The new hospital will be about 74,000 square feet.
At the ceremony Friday, Morgan County Hospital Authority Chairman John Moore commended construction workers at the site for keeping the project on budget and on time. “It’s truly an amazing thing,” Moore said. “Very soon the community in Morgan County will be appreciative, as well.”
Morgan Memorial Hospital CEO Ralph Castillo said workers had done “phenomenal work at phenomenal speed.”
“A new hospital for the citizens of Morgan County is a project that has been in the works for over a decade,” said MMH CEO Ralph Castillo earlier this year. “Our patients deserve quality care locally with all of the services that a modern facility will enable. Our staff members are dedicated to becoming a ‘patient focused center of excellence’ and this facility will help make that vision a reality.”
“A new hospital is vital for the continued success of our community, both economically and for the quality of life of our local citizens,” said John Moore, MMHA Chairman, earlier this year. “ We have been determined to give the citizens the facility they deserve and are pleased that the project continues to move forward on time and on budget.”