Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center Announces Topping Out Event at New $173 Million Medical Campus

Poplar Bluff, MO (April 20, 2011) – Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center proudly announces a Topping Out celebration for the new, $173 million hospital to be located at the hospital construction site on the corner of Oak Grove Road and Shelby Lane in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The celebration is scheduled for May 9 at 11 a.m.

“We want to share our progress of the new hospital with the entire community.  This is a milestone in construction and moves us closer to opening day of our brand new hospital campus,” said Charles Stewart, Market CEO of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and the Missouri region.

In building construction, topping out is an occasion to mark the point when the last beam is placed at the top of the building. The beam is ceremoniously painted white and signed.  The ceremonial beam has been located in the hospital cafeteria over the past two weeks for PBRMC associates to have their opportunity to sign their name to this historic piece of the new hospital.

The Topping Out celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and be held at the actual site of the new hospital on the corner of Oak Grove Road and Shelby Road. Parking will be available at the First Community Bank parking lot, where shuttles will be transporting guests to and from the construction site. Speakers from the hospital, the community’s medical staff, and the business community will speak to honor the occasion, with the actual beam being placed into the steel structure at the conclusion of the event.

“This is an exciting time for healthcare, not just for Poplar Bluff Regional, but for our entire community and region. The new medical campus will increase patient access to state-of-the-art healthcare services and allows us to meet the region’s growing healthcare needs not only now, but well into the future,” said Stewart.

This event will complete the erection of the steel structure.  More information on current construction progress and a virtual tour of the finished facility can be found at www.careforpoplarbluff.com.

When completed, the new Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center will be a state-of-the-art 7-story hospital offering 250 private patient rooms, enhanced technology, easier accessibility and an expansion of healthcare services, including emergency room, cardiac care and the addition of neurosurgery.

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Topping Out Event Specifics:

Date: May 9

Time: 11 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m.

Location: The new hospital site on the corner of Oak Grove Road and Shelby Road at the Eight Points development

Parking for General Public - parking is in the 1st Community Bank parking lot. Shuttles will be available to transport guests to the ground breaking site.

Media Parking – Contact Tiffany Jenkins, parking will be available at the construction site.