On Friday, March 6, 2009, INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital leadership, staff, and volunteers along with representatives from builders, Robins & Morton, gathered at the new facility site for a “Topping Out” Ceremony to witness the highest steel beam lifted into place at 12:30 p.m.

There was opportunity for everyone to sign the beam before it was launched, and tours of the site were provided before and after the ceremony from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The “Topping Out” Ceremony, represented by the beam, the tree and the flag continues a tradition in the construction industry and is one of its oldest customs. It recognizes a milestone celebrating the highest point of a building’s project, most frequently involving bridges, skyscrapers and hospitals.

Since it is ironworkers and their skills that make them first to reach the pinnacle of the structure, they consider the “Topping Out” Ceremony their own, but are quick to invite others to join in.

INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital’s new 130,000 square foot facility will house a ten-bed emergency room, a ten-bed Women’s Center, a six-bed Intensive Care Unit, a forty-bed medical/surgical unit—all private rooms—and a new Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

 Approved in late 2007, with the official ground-breaking on February 29, 2008, the public saw the literal commencement of ground-moving in July.

Several months passed with underground and foundational work, with much above-ground progress visible as 2009 began.

“Not many communities of our size get to see such a project moving ahead with the $54 million price tag provided by INTEGRIS Health, said Greg Martin, President of INTEGRIS Grove. The people of our supportive community got this all started with our $5 million fundraising effort. I feel very lucky to live here—what a great place to be!”

The public may view—via live camera—the daily progress of the new hospital’s construction by accessing its Web site at: www.grovegeneral.com.