Topping-out ceremony at hospital set Jan. 28


Lake Granbury Medical Center (LGMC) will celebrate its second topping-out ceremony in the past five years on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The community is invited to witness the last beam placed on the third floor of the new Medical Office Building.

“We celebrated our groundbreaking late in the spring of 2013. The city of Granbury, our construction partners, and our local LGMC team have been diligently adhering to the project timelines,” said CEO Derrick Cuenca. “Although we have had inclement weather, including ice, snow, and rain, we have not encountered any delays.”

Slated for opening this summer, the $4 million facility will expand LGMC’s physical footprint by 40,000 more square feet. It will allow specialists in the original Medical Office Building to move to a structure that is actually attached to the patient care floors of the hospital. This offers both inpatient and outpatient benefits.

For hospital patients, surgeons will be able to quickly be available should someone’s medical condition require their attention.

For clinic patients, there should be decreased wait times because surgeons will be able to more quickly move from the office to the hospital and back without disrupting their clinic schedules as much as before.

Also, there will be increased efficiencies for internal support departments. For instance, Material Management will be moved from the first floor near Imaging, to the back of the new building. There will be more square footage of storage for increasing inventory levels and most importantly the loading dock will be moved to a less conspicuous location. This will be a huge safety improvement for the campus because it will eliminate the congestion and vehicular speeds in the middle of campus, according to hospital officials.

LGMC’s topping-out ceremony at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 will include elected officials, LGMC’s Board of Trustees, staff, and community residents.

At the event, guests will sign a steel construction beam, which will then be hoisted to the top of the three-story structure. The community is invited to be part of its multi-million dollar investment in the future of health care for Hood County communities and surrounding counties.

“Our ‘topping-out’ event will be a high point for LGMC, its medical staff, and our patients,” says Cuenca. “Please join us. We will all sign the beam and watch the last support girder, evergreen tree, and flags be placed atop the steel frame of our second Medical Office Building.”