(KTSF by Sean Au)
The new building at San Francisco General will house the trauma center and meets a significant construction milestone today as the final steel beam is put into place.
“In everything that we are doing,” say Mayor Ed Lee before signing his name on the steel beam. “There is a positive result if we work together. That is the message here.”
Mayor Lee was joined by hospital staff and community leaders in leaving their mark on the last steel beam. It was later hoisted to its place on top of the new building, still under construction.
The building of the quake-resistant building began in 2009 and is expected to be completed by 2015. Hospital authorities say the most challenging aspect of the construction is running a full-service hospital on the same campus.
The new center will focus on providing acute care for patients. The emergency department will see an increase of hospital beds from the current number of 27 to 60. In the event of a natural disaster, this can be increased to 120.
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