Signatures of hundreds of employees, volunteers and staff physicians soon will be sealed into a wall as something akin to a time capsule in the new two-story addition to the El Centro Regional Medical Center.
Jim Dikes, senior director of support services and project manager of the new construction for the hospital, said the signatures have been placed on three galvanized steel plates, together with a plaque commemorating the historic construction project.
"The turnout to sign the wall plaques has been exciting for the staff," said Dikes.
The hospital started with one 3- by 6-foot plate and has added two 3- by 4-foot plates to accommodate the signers. A plaque commemorating the construction project will hang beside the signature plates.
Dikes said the plates will be attached to a "knock-out" wall, a panel designed into the structure to permit easy removal when the hospital undertakes a further expansion in the future. That wall ultimately will be coated over and finished which will effectively conceal the signature plates.