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New hospital ahead of schedule in Poplar Bluff

Hospital and community leaders in Poplar Bluff showed up to watch a "topping out" ceremony today. Hospital and community leaders in Poplar Bluff showed up to watch a "topping out" ceremony today.
A "topping out" is a ceremony when the last structural beam is put in place, painted white, and signed. A "topping out" is a ceremony when the last structural beam is put in place, painted white, and signed.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Construction crews working on a new hospital in Poplar Bluff are a year ahead of schedule.

Hospital and community leaders in Poplar Bluff showed up to watch a "topping out" ceremony today.

A "topping out" is a ceremony when the last structural beam is put in place, painted white, and signed.

A hospital CEO says the new hospital will be a big leap forward for Poplar Bluff healthcare.

"I think the most important thing, is, we'll be able to provide private rooms for our patients in a very-very pleasing environment," said Charles Stewart, Market CEO, Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. "We'll have over 900 parking spaces easily assessable from all parts of our community.  We think it's going to be an tremendous asset to our entire region."

About five-hundred construction workers continue to work on the hospital. Hospital officials say they still plan to open the hospital early next year.

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