CHILLICOTHE – In a special ceremony held Tuesday on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center, construction crews lifted the final steel beam into place signifying the completion of the steel framing for Adena Health System’s new orthopedic destination facility.
The eight-foot beam, which was adorned with caregivers’ signatures, was accompanied atop the structure with a pine tree – a construction tradition. The tree, known as a “topping tree” celebrates the completion of the skeleton of a building structure and for many builders, the tree stands as a symbol for good luck and prosperity for the future occupants of the building.
“It’s almost hard to remember how this looked just 10 months ago when we broke ground on this project to see where we are today,” said Jeff Graham, Adena President & CEO. “The skill and expertise of our clinical and surgical team is the primary reason patients come to us. Through the growth of our services, which include this new facility, we have an opportunity to expand on our patient care and regional partnerships; to be top of mind and the region’s first choice for care.”
Graham added, “No one wants to travel far from home to have surgery or to receive care for their conditions. Along with the latest clinical spaces and operating rooms, we want every patient that comes to us at this facility to receive not only exceptional health care, but to experience a concierge service approach to every step of their journey. We want to make this type of patient experience the most positive it can be, and it’s what our patients ultimately deserve.”
Orthopedic Surgeon Brian Cohen, MD shared those sentiments, “Since I arrived nearly 20 years ago, we have built an orthopedic program at Adena that has been extremely successful, and has outgrown its current space. This new facility will give us the space we need to provide our patients with the best surgical and care experience possible. It will also allow us to deliver that care, including: surgery, imaging, recovery and inpatient rehab all within a single location. Our commitment to excellence, safety and quality doesn’t change with a new building; but it will grow, and we will continue to give our patients everything they need – without having to leave the region.”
The five-story 111,000 square-foot facility will house Adena’s nationally-accredited orthopedics program. The building will also be home to the Adena Spine Center, sports medicine, neurology, podiatry and other orthopedic specialties. Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2021.