Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and District 1 City Councilman George Dotson
recently became part of Centinela Hospital history as they placed their
signatures on the last piece of structural steel destined for the expanded
Emergency Department at the hospital. In building construction, "Topping
Out" is a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam
is placed atop a structure during its construction. Centinela Hospital
celebrated the "Topping Out" of our new Emergency Department
building by having a signing party before the beam was hoisted into place.
Physicians and staff of the hospital, as well as local community leaders,
came by to affix their signatures to the beam.
Construction of Centinela Hospital's expanded Emergency Department
began in early 2014. The project will increase the number of ER beds to
52. In addition, a new enlarged patient waiting area and a patient friendly
admitting department are in the plan. Centinela Hospital's current
ER sees over 60,000 patients a year, ranking us as one of the top 10 busiest
privately run ER's in Los Angeles County. Says Linda Bradley, CEO
of Centinela Hospital, "The over 10,000 square feet of additional
space will allow our doctors and staff to treat ER patients more efficiently
and in a more soothing environment. We're very excited to have this
phase of the construction complete and are looking forward to the completion
of the project."