Topping Out Ceremony Planned for Queen Anne’s Emergency Center

QAER 1009 perimeter spread footer (400 x 300)Shore Health System will celebrate an important milestone in the construction of the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center with a Topping Out ceremony on Tuesday, November 24 at 11:00 a.m. The community is invited to participate in this historical event at the   construction site on Nesbitt Road and US Rt. 50 in Grasonville at 11:00 a.m.

In the tradition of the construction industry, placement of the last steel beam during a building project is referred to as “topping out.” Before it is raised and set in place on the building, the last steel beam of the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center will be signed by employees, physicians, volunteers and members of the community. The beam will be decorated with an American flag as an expression of patriotism. A small evergreen tree, a symbol that has its roots in ancient timber construction, will be attached to the beam. The ancient topping out celebration honored the trees used to construct the building and was believed to bring good luck to the new structure.

When it opens in late 2010, the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, treating patients with acute illnesses, injuries and trauma as well as minor injuries. The center is a full service emergency department, just like one at a hospital. It will be staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced ER nurses and hospital-experienced radiology and laboratory technologists.

For more information about the Topping Out ceremony, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.