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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Signing the beam: Unicoi County Memorial Hospital team members put their mark on the new facility, in advance
Paulette Edwards, materials management site manager at UCMH, signed the beam first. She's been at the hospital for almost 50 years.

Signing the beam: Unicoi County Memorial Hospital team members put their mark on the new facility, in advance

ERWIN, Tenn. – As the new Unicoi County Memorial Hospital takes shape, team members held a ceremony last week for team members to sign the final steel beam to be used in the initial construction stage.

 

The beam was placed in the current hospital at the site of the old OR suite, and several of the longest-serving team members used black Sharpies to sign the white beam. Paulette Edwards, materials management site manager, officially started the ceremony by making the first signature, and other team members followed suit. Paulette is the longest-serving current team member at the hospital, having joined almost 50 years ago.

 

“This is a special milestone in the construction of our new hospital,” said Corey Paulson, director of marketing and communications for the Southeast Market. “It seemed only fitting for our longest-serving team member to be the one to kick off the signing of the final beam for the project. Paulette has been so important to the operations here for so long, this was just a small way to say thanks for her dedication to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.”

 

"I’m excited to move into the new facility and get everything set up,” Edwards said.

 

The beam is on display at the hospital until this Wednesday, when it will be taken back to the construction site and placed as the final beam. Hospital administrator Eric Carroll will sign the final signature on the beam, and it will be set into place later this month.

 

Click here to see more photos, plus a shot of how the construction on the new hospital looks at this point.