Published on April 28, 2021

Topping-Off Ceremony Marks Milestone in Alpena Patient Tower Project

On Tuesday, April 27, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena celebrated a Topping-Off ceremony for the patient tower project currently underway. This long standing tradition acknowledges the completion of the steel portion of a construction project with a commemorative beam hoisted into the air. At the Medical Center in Alpena, the beam was signed the week prior by employees, providers and volunteers. Then, during Tuesday’s private event, Medical Center board members and Development Council members gathered to sign the beam. Following final signatures, remarks were given by Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Greg Rogers, chief operating officer, MidMichigan Health; and Tim Kippenhan, vice president and COO, Miron Construction, Co., Inc. Attendees than moved outside to watch as longtime Alpena resident and donor, Tim Fitzpatrick, also representing his wife Sue, was given the honor to operate the crane, raising the beam high above the future tower. The beam will be later positioned in a permanent location. A fundraising campaign hosted by The MidMichigan Health Foundation is currently underway to provide a portion of the financial support for the building project. Construction for the new patient tower remains on schedule and is slated to open in spring 2022.

  • Chuck Sherwin Remarks

    Photo of Chuck Sherwin addressing crowd at beaming hoisting ceremony for the new patient tower.
  • Beam Prepared for Hoisting

    Photo of the topping off beam being prepared to be hoisted on top of the new Alpena Patient Tower.
  • Tim Fitzpatrick Operating Crane

    Photo of Tim Fitzpatrick sitting in crane that is hoisting beam up on the new patient tower.
  • Hoisting Beam

    Photo of the topping off beam being hoisted on top of the new Alpena Patient Tower.
  • Beam Placed on Top of Tower

    Photo of the topping off beam placed on top of new patient tower.