Topping-off ceremony celebrates hospital progress

Topping-off ceremony celebrates hospital progress

The new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital took a significant step down the road of progress July 14, with a ceremonial topping-off of the steel support structure, which consisted of installation of the final beam for the facility at Interstate 94 and U.S. 421.

The beam had been signed by hospital officials, staff and other well-wishers before being raised during the ceremony, which was officiated by Dean Mazzoni, hospital president and CEO, and highlighted with guest speakers, among them Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairwoman of Franciscan Alliance, shown affixing the last signature before the raising. After the beam was set in place, workers who guided in the white beam and attached it raised their arms in celebration as some 150 guests cheered from ground level. The hospital plan was in the works for years and began taking shape with a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony last year. Construction on the $232 million project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2018.



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