Friday, November 02, 2007
Contact: Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, CHKD, (757) 335-0944
Topping out ceremony for construction of Virginia Beach health and surgery center
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters marked a major milestone in the construction of a three-story, 62,000-square foot Virginia Beach health and surgery center with a topping out ceremony, celebrating the hoisting of the topmost girder.
“We’re topping out a building, but more importantly, we’re completing the framework for the kind of care children in Virginia Beach deserve and expect,” said Jim Dahling, president and CEO of the CHKD Health System at an Oct. 19 “topping out” ceremony.
CHKD also announced the kickoff of a campaign to raise $7.5 million in donations to help pay for the $21.6 million structure. The campaign kickoff got off to a solid start with the presentation of a $500,000 check from a Cox Enterprises partnership consisting of Cox Hampton Roads, Auto.Mart.com and AutoTrader Publishing.
The Virginia Beach health and surgery center will bring critical medical care closer to patients in the burgeoning Princess Anne section of Virginia Beach. Each year, more than 1,000 pediatric patients travel from Virginia Beach to CHKD’s main facility in Norfolk for specialized outpatient surgical services.
The Princess Anne medical complex brings many of those services close to home. Doctors at the facility will provide primary and medical specialty care, radiology and laboratory services, as well as outpatient surgery. Children and teens will have access to a fully staffed sports medicine program and a branch of CHKD’s child abuse program, which assists prosecutors with forensic investigations and provides therapy to victims of abuse and neglect. The Cox Enterprises partnership donation will be used to help fund the child abuse program at the center.
The topping out ceremony, a longstanding tradition of construction workers worldwide, commemorates the moment the highest beam is bolted onto multi-story buildings and skyscrapers. Prior to the event, guests used felt-tip markers to sign the last beam, which a crane hoisted to the top of the structure.
The Virginia Beach health and surgery center, projected to open in the fall of 2008, will have a musical theme in keeping with its location on Concert Drive. The building was designed by Paul Finch and Associates of Norfolk and the general contract is W.M. Jordon Co. of Newport News.
CHKD, Virginia’s only freestanding children’s hospital, serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout the region.