Constructing a Community in Fall River Mills

Mike Kerns, president of the Mayers Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors

Mike Kerns, president of the Mayers Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors, was given the honor of being the first to sign the beam because of his contributions to the entire construction process.

The 600 residents of the quaint Fall River Mills, California community rely on the medical services of Mayers Memorial Hospital District, knowing the next nearest hospital is more than 70 miles away—an unacceptable distance when minutes can mean life or death.

As a rural hospital, they also have the challenge of providing care ranging from a basic check-up to life-saving treatment, and all to a massive service area of 4,000+ square miles in their district, as well as another 4,000+ square miles outside of their district boundaries.

In addition to medical care, they are also the largest employer in northeastern Shasta County, employing 250+. Without a doubt, Mayers Memorial Hospital District is a vital piece of the fabric of this community.

The Mayers Memorial Hospital District new wing building expansion, with an anticipated opening of July 2019, will be home to the emergency room, laboratory, imaging department and lobby. Patients will see many improvements in the space, facility and equipment, as well as knowing the hospital will meet the new seismic requirements of California’s Seismic Safety Act.

Given the importance of this hospital, along with the years of planning, a community-wide celebration was held on November 1 to commemorate the steel structure completion. The ceremonial beam signing, also known as the Topping Out celebration, is a time-honored construction tradition and gave MMHD employees and interested community residents the opportunity to sign the final beam before it was set into place.

Mayers Memorial Hospital District new wing building expansion

Staffers from Mayers Memorial Hospital District and community members participate in the ceremonial beam signing November 1, 2018, as part of an expansion at the hospital.

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