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Monday, November 20, 2017

New Unicoi County hospital hits a big milestone in construction

ERWIN, Tenn. – The construction of the new Unicoi County hospital hit a big milestone on Monday when the final steel beam was placed onto the structure – after many of the hospital’s team members put their signatures onto the white beam.

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The hospital is on track to be open by the fall of 2018 after breaking ground earlier this year in July. Next, work crews will finish the roof decking, install the underground plumbing and electrical, pour the concrete slab and then start the exterior framing process.

“It’s such an honor and I’m so proud to stand before you today as we celebrate the progress of the construction,” Eric Carroll, administrator at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, told an audience that included hospital board members, senior executives, and members of the visioning committee and the media. “We’re so grateful for the support of our team members and our community throughout this process. Now we’re less than a year away from moving into this new hospital.”

Hospital team members had the chance to sign it over the last two weeks when the beam sat at the current hospital. On Monday, hospital leadership, board and visioning committee members and several team members added their signatures to the final beam, then a construction crew raised the beam with a large crane and set it in place, to the applause of the group.

“This truly is symbolic because a lot of these folks have put their stamp on the current building through all their hard work and dedication,” Carroll said, “and now, that translates over when we start in a new facility.”