‘Topping Out’ Ceremony

The Corpus Christi skyline is about to get a gleaming new addition and it is thanks to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. The health system is leading the largest expansion plan in Spohn’s 110 year history and in the process will undoubtedly save the lives of many more people and future generations to come.

In September, the work done on CHRISTUS Spohn’s new patient tower reached the highest point of construction. To commemorate this milestone, a special construction celebration took place up above the beautiful Corpus Christi Bayfront. The new patient tower is located on CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline’s campus where the Corpus Christi Bay is just steps away.

The completion of this project meant a time to celebrate the building process and the continue effort to improve health care access in South Texas. Tradesmen, contractors and construction crews with McCarthy Building joined CHRISTUS Spohn to enjoy lunchtime barbecue and to celebrate a traditional building rite known as “topping out”.

“We are grateful to everyone here today for making this healing vision become a reality,” said Justin Doss, Market President CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. “This unprecedented facility will provide high-quality care for generations to come in South Texas.”

Special attention was given to the last structural beam, which was ceremonial purple and signed by those emotionally invested in seeing this project through. There were plenty of VIPs on hand including the supportive CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation. This group of community leaders has been leading the effort to garnish community support and philanthropic dollars to help complete the project.

This enormous growth project is a result of CHRISTUS Spohn’s passion to transform the health of the Coastal Bend and much of South Texas. A campaign to make this happen, called Our PATH Forward, began about 5 years ago. PATH stands for People and Actions Transforming Healthcare and has come to symbolize the $335 million master facility plan. No tax dollars have been used. Instead it was made possible by a $285 million investment by CHRISTUS Health and $50 million in philanthropic donations.

CHRISTUS Spohn New Tower