On Thursday morning, October 25, nearly 200 citizens and Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) employees gathered behind the HMC cafeteria to witness an historic groundbreaking and to hear Mrs. Lorayne Rossi read a heartfelt message regarding HMC’s bright future.
Several dignitaries were in attendance, as well as the news media. COO, Mark Rossi, and CEO, Dr. Al Rossi, addressed the crowd following an invocation by Board Member Donald Oswald. The groundbreaking was for a Phase I—$7 million dollar, 30,000 square foot hospital renovation and expansion of Hopedale Hospital which will include a new Emergency Department, ICU, six large private patient rooms, ambulatory surgery area, heliport, lobby and chapel. There will also be over $1 million in equipment and information technology upgrades.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2013 and finished by fall of 2014. COO Mark Rossi states, “We were delighted with the turnout and enthusiasm of our Village, State and local officials, employees (past and current) and, of course, our loyal volunteers and patients.
We are especially thankful for those that attended, for the donors to our Capital Campaign, and the Heartland Bank for financing this milestone project. Without their confidence and financial support, we could not modernize our hospital, which is so critically important to all of us.”
He added, “We also are very pleased with our media coverage of the event, which is in large part due to the hard work and efforts of the HMC staff who put together the wonderful program.” Mrs. Rossi did a great job speaking about the hospital’s original groundbreaking in 1954, all of HMC’s accomplishments since then, and pointed out that this day “is the day the Lord has made.” The beautiful day will indeed be remembered by many citizens for years to come.