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Sunday July 31st, 2016 5:27AM

NGMC Braselton celebrates milestone with 'topping out' ceremony

By Staff
BRASELTON - Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton celebrated a milestone Thursday, as crews high atop the new structure raised and secured the final steel beam used in construction. During the past weeks, employees from Northeast Georgia Health System signed their names to the beam, placing their mark on this commemorative last piece of the hospital's steel structure.

The 100-bed hospital, which is the first net new hospital (meaning not a replacement or relocated facility) to be built in Georgia in more than 20 years, is under construction behind Medical Plaza 1 near the intersection of Georgia State Routes 211 and 347 in Braselton. More than 150 construction workers and 125 guests gathered to celebrate the "Topping Out."

"The Scandinavian custom of a Topping Out ceremony has always belonged to the people who do the courageous and skilled work of physically creating great structures," said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS). "And that is our desire today: to celebrate the men and women whose hard work has moved this community closer to the reality of a beautiful new hospital. We said since the earliest stages of our planning that we wanted the campus to be a 'destination,' and their craftsmanship and hard work will make that possible."

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