In February we posted about the plans to overhaul, renovate and improve the Emergency Department at Providence Hospital. Last week we attended the Commissioning Ceremony for the project. Unlike a groundbreaking ceremony, we learned that a Commissioning Ceremony is more of a religious ceremony that brings the community together in support of the project and asks for blessings for the team and project.
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
spoke at the ceremony about his personal connection to the Hospital, having come there as a patient himself. He also noted how his office has helped to make sure that the community and small businesses are engaged on this project in order to benefit the whole community. Providence’s CEO Amy Freeman spoke passionately about the need to improve Emergency Services, describing the department as the Hospital’s “front door”. She also described the effort to get funding for the renovation, at the time telling her team, “we are going to write the grant of our lives”. In deed, the $12 million dollar renovation is the largest project for Ascension
, Providence’s Healthcare System, for this Fiscal Year.
The ceremony was completed with a prayer, a reading from the Bible and gifts of St. Joseph medals for the members of the Whiting Turner
and the KLMK Group
Project Managers and teams. A representative from Whiting Turner noted that the project is “not about steel, drywall and paint its about technology, dignity and respect. We are honored to be a part of Providence family”
Work has already started on the renovation by relocating offices within the Hospital to make way for the renovation, which will get underway in earnest this summer. The Emergency Department will get a new layout and expansion, and will benefit from new electric and other infrastructure, resulting in a modern and more efficient facility.