Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) and Cauthan Construction Company held a “Topping Out Party” on Sept. 21 at the Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) West Campus in Tifton.   The event marked the halfway point of construction for a new $22 million musculoskeletal center.  “Topping out” refers to the roof being completed on the building construction project.  

The event included lunch and tours for hospital board members, executive leaders, physicians and staff as well as architects, general contractors and sub-contractors.  

“This new, state-of-the-art building will consolidate outpatient orthopedic, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, chiropractic and rehabilitation services into a single facility,” said Claire Byrnes, TRHS Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Services.  “It will provide patients a convenient, one-stop shop for musculoskeletal services.”

Byrnes said construction of the new building is scheduled to be completed in six months.  “Today’s celebration recognizes the halfway point of construction,” she said.  “It signifies that this project has gone from a concept-on-paper to something that is truly tangible.  Our goal is be completely moved into the new facility by May 2018.”

The TRMC West Campus is located in Tifton at the crossroads of Highway 41 and Interstate 75.  The musculoskeletal center is a three-story, 80,000-square-foot medical office building on 11.53 acres of land.  The facility is adjacent to the Affinity Clinic building,  which houses Tift Regional’s multi-specialty physician practice, convenient care clinic and diagnostic services. 

The Hospital Authority of Tift County secured low-interest financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development program for the new facility project.   Meadows & Ohly are the building designers and Cauthan Construction Company are the general contractors.

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