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Middletown Regional Hospital Celebrates New Hospital Construction High Point

Today, Middletown Regional Hospital celebrates a high point in the construction of its new hospital with a "topping out" ceremony commemorating the placement of the last steel beam atop the structure.

The topping out ceremony brings a long-standing building tradition to a site that will provide the future of healthcare for the region. The beam, signed by more than 1,000 active and retired employees, physicians, volunteers and donors, crowns the concrete and steel frame and signifies the building has reached its maximum height and construction is nearing the halfway point.

"This is an historic occasion," said Douglas W. McNeill, president and CEO of Middletown Regional Health System. "By reaching this milestone in construction, we are nearing our goal of opening a 21st Century hospital that will bring more advanced healthcare and convenient treatment options to residents of our region."

Ground was broken for the new hospital little more than one year ago on June 8, 2005. The first of nearly 1,000 steel beams used in the structure was hoisted into place in April of this year. Favorable weather and a dedicated construction team have allowed the project, scheduled to open in December 2007, to remain on time and on budget.

The five-story, $195 million hospital will be the centerpiece of a new 190-acre health and technology campus located a quarter-mile east of Interstate 75 at State Route 122. The 250-bed hospital and attached medical office building, cancer center and behavioral health building will occupy 70 acres of the campus. Also located on the campus will be the Bidwell Surgery Center, offering outpatient surgical services to area residents.

In addition to the main hospital buildings, the campus will include facilities built in partnership with other entities. One such partnership is with the Children's Medical Center of Dayton, which will construct a second medical office building on the campus to expand its offering of local pediatric subspecialty services for children aged infant to adolescent. A second partnership is the Greentree Health Science Academy, a joint program of Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, Miami University, Middletown Regional Hospital and Warren County Career Center. The academy will build a new facility on or near the new campus to provide space to train the next generation of healthcare workers. Other exciting partnerships will be announced at a later date.