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Topping Out Ceremony Marks Construction Milestone for Texas Health Huguley Hospital

Elected officials, physicians, employees and leadership from Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System gathered to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the new hospital at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South.  On August 27, the last steel beam was raised to the roof of the sixth story to reach its maximum height of 106 feet.

“It’s exciting to see that our shared vision of a modern, beautiful “sanctuary of healing” is one step closer to opening its doors.  Even when we celebrate the construction’s completion next year, we will not be finished with our united vision of providing our growing community with the highest quality of healthcare, delivered with compassion,” said Ken Finch, president and chief executive officer of Texas Health Huguley Hospital.

The topping out ceremony is a long-time construction tradition that signifies that the highest point of the structure has been reached.  The milestone celebrates the construction and design team’s achievement since the project’s groundbreaking on May 15, 2014.
Many who gathered for the ceremony signed the 30-foot beam, which was adorned with a tree and an American flag, in keeping with custom. 

“The flag signifies our pride in our country and the use of American steel to build the framework of this new hospital.  The tree symbolizes our appreciation to our Creator for the resources that are being used on this project and our gratitude for a safe and successful raising of the structure,” said Penny Johnson, chief financial officer for Texas Health Huguley. 

Following a display on the roof, the tree will be planted on the hospital’s campus.

Slated to open in the summer of 2016, the 234,300-square-foot facility will feature patient rooms that are double the size of the current rooms, as well as a new outpatient radiology center, lobby, chapel, gift shop and registration area.  Designed and constructed by The Beck Group, the state-of-the-art hospital will have a glass curtain exterior and the infrastructure for new medical technology installed throughout the building to optimize patient and visitor experience.

Texas Health Huguley Hospital is operated as a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System.

About Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South:
Texas Health Huguley believes that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Texas Health Huguley includes a 223-bed acute care hospital, a medical intensive care unit and a cardiovascular critical care unit, an accredited bone and joint center, an accredited chest pain center, behavioral health center, women’s services, an award-winning emergency department and a fitness center. More than 350 primary care and specialty physicians on the medical staff provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. For more information, call 817-293-9110, visit www.TexasHealthHuguley.org or find Texas Health Huguley on facebook.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.
For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.

About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System is a faith-based health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's nearly 70,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient.

With 44 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in ten states, Adventist Health System facilities incorporate the latest technological advancements and clinical research to serve more than 4.5 million patients annually. The full continuum of integrated care also includes urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, and skilled nursing facilities.
Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.
For more information about Adventist Health System visit http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com.