The hospital held a "topping out" ceremony to mark the placing of the last iron beam of the new building is set in place.
Cox Branson is building the new three-story, 42,000 sq. ft. building that will house an emergency room and room for future expansion. The hospital will also renovate an 18,000 sq. ft. structure that will provide an expanded coronary care unit and upgraded facilities.
William Mahoney, President of Cox Medical Center Branson, says the expansion also helps to answer questions in the community.
"Do we have the stability, are we going ot be here as an independent community hospital. With all the changes coming with the Affordable Care Act, people are wondering. We don't have to worry about that. We'll have heath care from now to 100, 200 years from now."
The new emergency department increases capacity by nearly 60 percent. It is set to open in November.
The beam placed Thursday has a small evergreen tree and an American flag attached. The tree is a tradition that started in Europe when trees were put on top of new buildings to honor tree-dwelling spirits that might have been disrupted during the building.*
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