Event celebrates a major renovation and expansion project milestone with the placement of a steel beam over what will be the hospital’s new main entrance.

Residents of the Middle Peninsula are invited to a “topping off” ceremony at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital on Wednesday, December 20 at 3 p.m. celebrating the placement of the steel beam for the facility’s new main entrance. The event marks a significant milestone in the largest renovation and expansion project for the non-profit hospital in nearly 40 years of serving the region.

Topping off ceremonies are part of a construction industry tradition that celebrates the completion of steel structure work as a building takes shape with the placement of the topmost beam. Community members, construction teams, Riverside Health System, Walter Reed Hospital Board members, volunteers and team members are expected to attend next Wednesday’s ceremony, underscoring the facility’s importance to the region and commitment to meeting the area’s evolving health care needs.

“It is our mission to provide our residents with exceptional facilities right here at home that offer the most advanced health care solutions available anywhere, delivered by a team of compassionate medical professionals, volunteers and support staff,” said Walter Reed Vice President/Administrator and Middle Peninsula Regional Leader Megan Crain. “We invite the community to join us at the front of the Medical Office Building at 7547 Medical Drive on December 20 to celebrate our major construction milestone as we further deliver on our mission to care for others as would we care for those we love.”

In February, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital broke ground on a major construction project that includes a new 65,000 square foot Surgical and Inpatient Services building with capacity for four new state-of-the-art operating suites, two procedure rooms, pre-operative and postoperative recovery areas along with 36 private patient rooms. The project will also expand the hospital’s Emergency Department from 6,300 square feet to more than 16,000 square feet with 18 beds, three major treatment rooms, a trauma room and a Family Care Room.

To make room for the expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department, Riverside Walter Reed’s main hospital entrance is relocating to the area of campus where the current Medical Arts Building entrance is located, accessible from Gloucester’s Main Street and Medical Drive. Related renovations include a new lobby, registration and waiting area, gift shop and more.

Community members interested in attending next Wednesday’s topping off ceremony can take advantage of parking and shuttle service that will be available from Newington Baptist Church at 6169 Main Street, Gloucester, courtesty of Newington and Bay Transit.

The event is weather permitting.

For more information, visit riversideonline.com/rwrh. You can find the event on the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital page on Facebook.

Published: December 13, 2017