The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 28, 2013

Mercy Hospital plans 'Topping Out' ceremony for today


From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Mercy Hospital Joplin has set its official "Topping Out" ceremony for today.

According to the hospital, the ceremony is held when the last beam is placed at the top of a major building.

All people who have been instrumental in this process will join together for the event, which begins at 3 p.m. at the new Mercy construction site, near I-44 and South Main Street.

The final beam has been signed by hundreds of Mercy Hospital Joplin employees over the previous weeks while the beam has been in the cafeteria of the current hospital. It will be hoisted into place with a crane, accompanied by the traditional flags and evergreen tree.

There will be speakers as well as a special performance by Calvary Baptist Church choir following the ceremony at the Mercy Conference Center, located across the street from the construction site.

The previous Catholic hospital, St. John's Regional Medical Center, was destroyed by the 2011 tornado.