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Topping Off Ceremony Marked Highest Point of Construction for Ukiah Valley Medical Center


On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) welcomed the construction team, UVMC donors and staff members to join them in a “topping off ceremony”, celebrating the completion of the highest point of construction for the new emergency department, intensive care unit and rooftop helipad. The event was held at the edge of the construction site, behind the hospital. The new emergency department will exceed 14,000 square feet, a vast difference from the current department that stands just over 3,400 square feet. “The additional space will allow us to better care for our community, with all private patient rooms as well as dedicated trauma bays” says the Director of the Emergency Department, Lindsey Spencer, MSN, MBA, RN.

During the event CEO Gwen Matthews spoke to how this construction was made possible. Matthews thanked the donors that generously gave $4 million in capital to help fund the new structure. She also mentioned the many local construction partners that have worked tirelessly to construct the new facility, which included Lance Peterson Welding, Valley Paving, Wipf Construction B and B Industrial Hardware and Metals and Friedman’s Home Improvement. Matthews concluded by recognizing that the lion’s share of support is being provided by Adventist Health. “We are fortunate to be part of a great system. Our parent company, Adventist Health, kept this project going when expenses surpassed the originally estimated $21 million to an astounding $42 million. Without Adventist Health and our donors this project would not be possible. We are infinitely grateful for their support”.

The ceremony itself followed Scandinavian tradition with offerings of food and beverages to the attendees and those closest to the project coming forward and speaking to the projects progress and success. The ceremony concluded with donors, contractors, sub-contractors and dignitaries signing the last beam before it was lifted into place.