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Signatures on galvanized steel plates soon a fixture for ECRMC

April 29, 2002|STAFF REPORT

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.

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A ceremony commemorating attachment of the plates to the wall is scheduled for this week, said Deborah Klomon-Litcher, hospital marketing director.

Meanwhile, progress on construction is on pace for the scheduled completion this fall. All the steel superstructure has been installed and fire proofed, Dikes said. The second story concrete floor has been poured, duct work is being installed, stairwells are in and preparations are being made for the start of interior wall installation, he added.

Dikes said steel framing for the rooftop heliport has been installed and pouring of concrete to wrap up that phase of the project is about a month away.

El Centro Regional is constructing a 66,000-square-foot addition that will provide surgical, emergency, intensive care and medical-surgical patient care facilities.

The addition will provide new in- and outpatient surgical facilities, a 12-bed intensive care unit, a 20-bed emergency department, a 48-bed medical-surgical wing with private patient rooms, isolation rooms and the rooftop heliport with elevator access to the emergency and surgery areas.

The contract also calls for demolition of the present emergency room once the two-story addition is complete and replacing it with a new centrally located lobby and main entrance off Imperial Avenue. The existing main entrance is off Ross Avenue. Ultimately portions of the existing building also will be renovated for relocation and expansion of present clinical facilities.

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