A Day to Celebrate: ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony for New $165 Million Patient Pavilion at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

July 31, 2019

On Tuesday, July 30, Jefferson Health employees, construction workers, Board members and elected officials gathered to sign the final beam for the Cherry Hill Patient Pavilion and watched it soar into the sky at this special event. Among those who offered remarks were: Jefferson Health New Jersey President Joe Devine; NJ State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney; NJ Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald; and Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn

The “Topping Off” marked a milestone in the $165 million second and final phase of an overall $250 million construction project at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, which will include a new 90-bed Patient Pavilion with all-private rooms. The first phase, completed in 2017, included the new hospital atrium lobby, medical office building, and parking facility.

Phase II, slated to open in late 2020, consists of:

  • A new, 7-story, 238,224-square foot Patient Pavilion with all private rooms.
  • Individually operated patient room controls for temperature, shading and lighting.
  • A new hospital pharmacy and dietary services that include a new kitchen and dining spaces.
  • New inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services department.
  • A design that incorporates the existing hospital and new hospital lobby.
  • Shell space for future surgical services on the second level.
  • Critical care patient unit on the third level, including 30 patient beds.
  • Acute care patient units on the fourth and fifth levels.
  • Shell space for a future 30-bed patient unit.
  • A mechanical “penthouse” to house utilities and services for building functions.
  • A helistop for urgent patient transfers.

The Significance of the Pine Tree on the Beam

The trees are known as “topping trees.” They celebrate completion of the skeleton of a building structure. If the building is a skyscraper, the evergreen is attached to the top beam as it is hoisted, a signal that the building has reached its final height.

Pictured Below: Jefferson Health New Jersey President Joe Devine signs the top beam. 

To view the full photo album from this event, click HERE