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      Boone Hospital patient tower gets topped off

      Area dignitaries and Boone Hospital Center administrators celebrated a milestone in the construction of the hospital TMs new patient tower.

      Thursday TMs forecast of cold, wet weather forced hospital officials to install the tower TMs top steel beam during Wednesday TMs warmer conditions.

      On Thursday morning, administrators used a flat screen television to show a video of the installation event while dozens of people gathered in the hospital TMs parking garage.

      Hospital administrators say the event marks the halfway point of the patient tower TMs construction.

      Boone Hospital Center President Dan Rothery said, Affixed to the beam are about a thousand signatures from many of our employees who wanted to, in a small way, express their thoughts and feelings about working for Boone Hospital and the excitement and anticipation of what this project is going to be like when it TMs all said and done.

      The new patient tower is planned to be completed in the spring of next year.

      The tower will include 128 private patient rooms.