St. Mary’s Tops Off

St. Mary’s Hospital topped off their new building today with a ceremony and barbeque on top of the hospital parking garage. It was a very nice event, held without a great deal of pretense, just a good lunch followed by a simple blessing from one of the Sisters of Charity and the hoisting of the final beam to the top of the new building, where it was secured in place.

This felt to me a bit like another baby step toward Grand Junction’s growing into a very nice medium-sized city. There was a palpable air of optimism and excitement, as the anticipation continues to build toward the building’s completion.

That’s very important, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned along my career path it’s that a best practice, or the road to excellence, goes a lot longer past the completion of any great infrastructure change or technology migration.

That success truly rests evenly balanced between the infrastructure, the processes used to optimize it toward fulfillment of the organization’s mission, and the people that efficiently apply the necessary skills to achieve a synergy with the processes and the technology.

As the clamor builds for additional infrastructure to properly address other needs of our growing community, those charged with meeting those needs must keep all of the elements of a best practice in mind when planning to put those system improvements in place. I’ll have more to say about this later.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of today’s event. Congratulations to the people of St. Mary’s, and those who depend upon the care they deliver every day.


St. Mary’s staff and others were invited to sign the beam before it was hoisted by a crane into place atop the new 12-story tower.

The beam begins its’ journey toward the top of the building. St. Mary’s CEO Bob Ladenburger was reportedly at the controls of the crane. Well, I saw him climb down afterward.

Workers prepare to secure the beam in place as it is lowered to them.

The beam and attached flag secured into place.

In the background are balloons released when the beam was secured.

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