Final Beam Tops Out New Hospital Pavilion

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Photos by Dan Dry

Four employees who won recognition for their dedication and professionalism were asked to pour champagne on the final steel beam before its journey to the top of the New Hospital Pavilion. Left to right: Sue Cosentino, patient inquiry representative; Milena Vunjak, RN, GI interventional endoscopy nurse; Sharon Mosley, nursing services assistant in orthopaedic surgery; and Anthony Defily, RT, technologist in nuclear medicine.


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Shannon Massoth, RT, respiratory therapist, adds her signature to the beam.
By Jennifer Martin

The Medical Center celebrated a significant milestone in the construction of the New Hospital Pavilion in September when the final steel beam was set into place on the building.

A crane lifted the beam to the top of the building a day after ceremonies recognizing the achievement. The beam bore the signatures and inscribed wishes of staff and administrators hospital-wide.

Construction on exteriors and interiors will continue on the 1.2 million-square-foot pavilion, scheduled to be complete in 2012, with plans to open in 2013.

At 54 feet long and 980 pounds, the final beam represented “a landmark event in the construction of this very important new building,” said Everett Vokes, MD, former interim CEO of the Medical Center and former interim dean of the Biological Sciences Division and Pritzker School of Medicine.

In advance of the ceremonies, managers were asked to nominate employees who embodied the values of teamwork, flexibility and patient focus. These three qualities echo the building’s design, which is meant to foster collaboration, adapt to advancing medical techniques and meet the needs of patients. Kenneth Sharigian, interim president of the Medical Center, recognized the four employees who received honors:

  • Sue Cosentino, patient inquiry representative
  • Sharon Mosley, nursing services assistant in orthopaedic surgery
  • Anthony Defily, RT, nuclear medicine technologist
  • Milena Vunjak, RN, GI interventional endoscopy nurse

The four employees took turns pouring Korbel champagne over the beam before it was hoisted into place.

The Medical Center also recognized its partners in the project, including Rafael Vinoly Architects, Cannon Design, Gilbane Building Co., W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., U.S. Equities Realty, PMA Consultants and Iron Workers Local Union 1 of Chicago.
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Members of Iron Workers Local Union 1 of Chicago were among those who celebrated with the Medical Center about the placement of the final beam.


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The white beam rests in place at the top of the New Hospital Pavilion.