JAMESTOWN – Local and state officials will join the staff of UPMC Chautauqua WCA Thursday afternoon in Jamestown for a special ceremony focusing on the hospital’s current expansion project.
At 12:30 p.m. the hospital will hold a Beam-signing and topping off ceremony to mark the completion of assembling the structural steel for the hospital’s new Women’s and Maternity Care Center and inpatient adolescent and adult mental health units.
The $26 million expansion project was announced near the end of 2016 after WCA merged with UPMC – Pennsylvania’s largest health system. Clark Patterson Lee handled the project design and LeChase Construction is the lead contractor.
Among those who will be on hand for the occasion are UPMC Chautauqua WCA president Betsy Wright, WCA Board Chair Steve Kilburn, WCA Foundation chair Peter Stark, and State assemblyman Andy Goodell – among others.
The two-story addition is located above the hospital’s emergency department. Once completed, the hospital will relocate labor and delivery, post-partum, nursery and an operating room to the new third floor space, while the fourth floor space will house inpatient psychiatric care, including a 10-bed adolescent unit and a 20-bed unit for adults.
Funding for the project comes from a $26.4 million grant awarded in March by DOH to support sustainability efforts and infrastructure improvements.
Thursday’s event is several months in the making and follows the special ground breaking event for the project that took place in May 2017.