The “Topping Out” ceremony featured the moment in which the final beam was laid, completing the steel skeleton of the building. Work will now proceed on the building's exterior.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, this $767 million construction project remains on time and on budget,” MetroHealth officials said in a press release.
MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital last year. Officials said the project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit.
“In the past five years, MetroHealth’s revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent,” officials said. “Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.”
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