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August 8, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A major milestone is being realized as structural steel beams are being installed TODAY (8/8) as part of the new James Cancer Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center critical care expansion.

Media are invited to attend as the beams are installed, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day, weather permitting. The construction can be recorded from the vantage point of the upper deck of the South Cannon parking garage, located at the corner of Cannon Drive and West 10th Avenue. Parking is available across from the Cramblett Medical Clinic, 456 W. 10th Ave., and there is elevator access to the upper deck of the parking garage. Media are not permitted within the construction gates.

The expansion is the largest construction project in University history. When complete, the tower will include 276 beds in the new James Cancer Hospital and 144 beds in the new critical care building.

To begin this portion of the project, a heavy structural steel column will be lifted off a tractor trailer close to the tower section and placed into the basement area in a horizontal position. A mobile crane will then pick up the column from one end and extend it to a vertical position for installation.

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Contact: Gina Bericchia, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, (614) 293-3737 or