AdventHealth Fish Memorial recently celebrated the topping out for the hospital’s four-story, $100 million patient tower.

Led by general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie, construction workers and hospital staff gathered to celebrate that the patient tower has reached its maximum height.

Following tradition, a crane hoisted an American flag and tree to the top of the construction site. However, instead of the traditional evergreen tree, an orange tree was used in honor of Orange City’s history. Named for the thousands of acres of orange groves planted in and around the area, Orange City was incorporated as a city in August 1882.

“This is a great milestone in this project, and we are so excited to see the progress. This is something that will stand here on this ground for decades to come,” said AdventHealth Fish Memorial CEO Rob Deininger to the Brasfield & Gorrie workers during the event.

The patient tower’s construction crew consists of nearly 150 people, of which approximately half were local residents.

The architect is Orlando-based RLF Architects. Construction is expected to be completed by April 2021.

When construction is completed next year, the patient tower will include a state-of-the-art 20-bed labor-and-delivery unit, as well as enhanced cardiac, intensive care and surgical services.

This construction project will also fully privatize all patient rooms at AdventHealth Fish Memorial, while increasing the number of licensed beds from 175 to 225.

Furthermore, the expansion will significantly increase the size of AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s emergency department, while also adding pediatric emergency care.

The new construction will add 120,000 square feet to the hospital’s footprint, growing the facility to a total of 384,839 square feet when completed.

“With an investment of this size, and the services we are bringing, it will transform the level of care available locally,” Deininger said. “The impact that this investment will have on this community, I think it will well-outlive any of our lifetimes.”

To learn more about this construction project, visit www.YourPatientTower.com.

AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City has 175 beds (soon to be 225) and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties of which the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region is composed.

For more information about the hospital, visit http://AdventHealthFishMemorial.com.