"Topping Out" the Mercy Orthopedic Hospital

December 20, 2013

After being signed by Mercy employees and construction workers, a crane

lifted this steel beam into place "topping out" the Mercy Orthopedic Hospital.

Despite a government shutdown that delayed permitting for a construction crane and an early December snowstorm that slowed things up, Mercy was still able to “top out” the Mercy Orthopedic Hospital at 3601 S. 79th Street on Friday, December 20.


The “topping out” ceremony is a long-held tradition of construction workers. They celebrate the milestone of completing a structure by hoisting one of the final beams into place with an evergreen on top to symbolize growth and good luck. They also signed the beam before it was moved.

“All of the employees and construction workers here have had a chance to sign the beam,” said Janeen Kueck, executive director of Mercy Orthopedic Hospital. “It’s neat to think that when the building’s complete, we’ll have left our mark on it.”

The $42 million Mercy Orthopedic Hospital is projected to open in October 2014 focusing on patients in need to total joint replacement. The 69,000 square foot building will be two stories high and attach seamlessly to the existing ambulatory surgery center. The hospital will create about 100 new jobs bringing the total number of employees at the musculoskeletal campus to 270.  Here’s a look at what it will include:


•    10,138 square foot outpatient rehabilitation clinic with a therapy pool caring for  more than 100 patients per day

•    Pre-operative screening area where patients will come prior to surgery for a physical, EKG, x-ray and lab screening

•    Surgery waiting and registration

•    Café serving breakfast, lunch and a light dinner with seating for 50 and patio dining available.


•    18 fully-furnished patient rooms at opening with six more ready to furnish when they are needed

•    Shell space for 12 additional beds bringing the hospital capacity to 36 beds at full completion.

•    Chapel

•    Waiting/vending area for families.

Keep an eye on the project via the live construction cam at http://oxblue.com/open/jedunn/mercyortho

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