Mt. Pleasant, SC - Today at 11:00 a.m. the last I-beam will be hoisted into place on the new East Cooper Regional Medical Center, situated adjacent to the current campus and located near the intersection of Mathis Ferry Road and Interstate 526. The Topping Out ceremony signifies the completion of a solid foundation and marks the end of vertical steel construction on the new replacement hospital. The ceremony, hosted by Robins & Morton, Construction Manager, marks a major milestone in construction of the new facility, which is scheduled for completion in early 2010.
Janie Sinacore-Jaberg, FACHE, CEO of East Cooper Regional Medical Center said, “This project is very important to the East Cooper community. This new hospital gives us the capacity we need to take care of our patients now and in the future.” The construction features the newest design elements that are patient-focused and visitor-friendly.
The tradition of commemorating the placing of the final beam at the highest point of building dates back long before steel was used in construction. The origin of the ceremony was to attract good luck to the people who inhabit the building. Over the centuries the tradition has evolved – with each generation adding their unique symbols. The topmost beam is ceremoniously raised into place, carrying with it an American Flag and often an evergreen tree. In East Cooper Regional’s ceremony, however, a native Palmetto tree harvested from the new hospital’s site will be used. This is the ironworkers’ way of signifying completion of their part of the construction and wishing good fortune to those who will use the building.
During the past week, staff and visitors to East Cooper Regional Medical Center had a chance to leave their mark on history by signing the beam that was placed today.
East Cooper Regional Medical Center is a 104-bed acute care hospital located at 1200 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. The hospital has been serving the medical and healthcare needs of the greater Mt. Pleasant community since 1986. East Cooper Regional strives to be the primary health care facility in its community, providing services from women’s care to spine and general surgery. East Cooper Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about East Cooper Regional Medical Center, visit www.eastcoopermedctr.com