Archbold “Tops Out” New North Tower
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The construction of the new North Tower at Archbold Memorial Hospital
was officially “Topped Out” today on Mimosa Drive near Gordon Avenue.
A topping out ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction process and celebrates the placement of the highest steel beam. Archbold employees and the construction crew signed the beam, and a crane hoisted it into place at the event atop the steel framework.
An American flag, along with an evergreen tree, which signifies the life and growth of the building, were attached to the 28-foot beam.
The eight-story, 247,000 square foot addition, thoughtfully designed to complement the original appearance, will improve patient care substantially by increasing operational space and workflow efficiency.
The North Tower is a modern replacement for key hospital services that currently reside in the older sections of the original hospital and west wing. The Tower will include a much larger Emergency Department with five more exam rooms, four Fast Track rooms, three critical care rooms and two trauma rooms. A surgical department with eight operating rooms around a clean core will provide more room to accommodate new equipment such as imaging and monitoring devices while providing the overall space required for providing optimal care. An Intensive Care Unit will gain six more beds from 12 to 18, and three patient bed units, with 32 beds per unit, will occupy the top three floors.
With the input of architects, engineers, physicians, administrators and staff, the North Tower was designed to optimally serve patients, staff and physicians and will be a point of great pride for the community.
“The North Tower is the largest single construction project in the history of our healthcare system and the Thomasville community,” said Perry Mustian, Archbold President and CEO. “The project is a $110 million investment in our region and we’re proud to have worked with local companies, such as Cives Steel and Cleaver Brooks, on this important addition for enhancing patient care.”
The North Tower is scheduled to open in 2012.