OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care holds topping-off ceremony

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With construction progressing as planned on the new and renovated OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, the final steel beam is ready to be placed. Before placement, OSF Saint Anthony will hold a topping-off ceremony at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22. The beam will be signed by patients, employees and construction workers before it is blessed and raised.

The OSF Center for Cancer Care is at 5666 E. State St., connected to the main hospital.

A topping-off ceremony is a tradition in the construction industry. It celebrates the last beam being raised to the highest level of a building under construction. An evergreen tree and United States flag are placed on the beam, signifying goodwill and luck for the project.

A small Franciscan cross that is very special to The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis will be placed on the top of the tree. It is a replica of the San Damiano cross that hung in a small abandoned church in the countryside near Assisi, where St. Francis once stopped to ask for God’s guidance and direction for his life.

Ground was broken on the OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care in August 2014. The 15,000-square-foot expansion and 3,000-square-foot renovation will address the growing demand for outpatient oncology services. The cost of the project is approximately $8.5 million, and completion is expected in August 2015.

The expanded and renovated space will more than double the amount of infusion spaces, increase the number of patient restrooms and include a wig boutique. By remaining connected to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, patients will have the peace of mind that they are within close proximity of the Emergency Department, inpatient oncology unit and diagnostic services such as MRI and CT.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria. For more information, visit www.osfsaintanthony.org.

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

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