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Topping Out ceremony moves Novant Women's Center closer to opening date

The new Women’s Center at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center will cover 26,000 square feet.
The new Women’s Center at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center will cover 26,000 square feet. MELINDA JOHNSTON

The future Women’s Center at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center reached an important milestone recently with a Topping Out ceremony.

Construction workers and many of the hospital’s employees signed the last steel beam needed to complete the structure.

The beam was then topped out with an American flag and an evergreen tree before being hoisted by a crane to its place atop the multistory structure.

Now that the steel framing is finished (boasting 250 tons of steel and 480 cubic yards of concrete), the exterior shell of the building can be completed and the interior work can begin.

When complete, the new 26,500-square-foot center will add seven more labor and delivery rooms, for a total of 30, two rooms for gynecological patients, enlarge the special care nursery, add classroom space, outpatient lactation center and a new boutique, and provide a separate entrance for center patients.

Earlier this year, Matthews Medical Center completed a renovation of its existing women’s center rooms. All those rooms now contain a guest sleep bed, Jacuzzi, shower, hair dryer and other amenities.

Hospital officials say obstetric volume nearly doubled there last year with approximately 2,000 babies born in the Matthews hospital.

“We’re excited to build a new women’s center to provide the warmth and care women deserve. Women are often the caregivers for their families and our community, and they surely merit this beautiful new medical space,” said Pat Campbell, vice president of Novant Health’s women’s services.

The new $26 million center is expected to open in July 2016.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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