Hospital topped out, doctors honored at ceremony

Friday, September 7, 2007
Bedford County Medical Center physicians with 10 or more years of service participated in a "topping out" ceremony at the new hospital site on U.S. 231 North. From left are Dr. Frank Jayakody, Dr. Lynette Adams, Dr. Aldo Ilarde, Dr. Howard Rupard, Dr. Lana Beavers, CEO William Macri, Dr. Ted Blanton and Dr. Nabil Atalla. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

Bedford County Medical Center held a topping-out ceremony at its new facility on U.S. 231 North on Thursday, honoring the facility's long-time doctors before hoisting the final girder into place.

CEO William Macri compared the two, saying that just as a building's framework and foundation determine its shape, a hospital is shaped by its staff.

Dr. Lana Beavers (30 years on the BCMC staff), Dr. Frank Jayakody (27 years), Dr. Howard Rupard (14 years), Dr. Aldo Ilarde (12 years), Dr. Ted Blanton (10 years), Dr. Nabil Atalla (10 years) and Dr. Lynette Adams (10 years) participated in the topping-out ceremony and were presented with plaques, lab coats and hard hats. Four other doctors with 10 years or more of service to BCMC could not make it to the ceremony but were mentioned by Macri as well: Dr. Kent Clark (12 years), who arrived soon after the girder had been hoisted; Dr. Michael Tepedino (27 years); Dr. Barbara Kaczmarska (11 years); and Dr. Domenic Canonico (13 years).

Meanwhile, the question of what the new hospital will be called may be closer to an answer. Ever since Community Health Systems bought BCMC from Bedford County in 2005 and pledged to build a new facility, there have been discussions about a possible name change, perhaps in conjunction with the move to the new location. BCMC has made no formal announcement, but several employees wore golf shirts embroidered with "Bedford Regional Medical Center" to the event, and that was also the name on the lab coats presented to honorees during the topping-out ceremony. BCMC spokeswoman Pam Fisher was coy about the new name, only confirming that it was under consideration.

The new $35 million hospital is scheduled for completion next year. The new BCMC (or BRMC, as the case may be) will be the closest hospital in the CHS chain to the corporate offices in Brentwood and as such is expected to be a showplace for the company.

BE&K Construction of Brentwood is the contractor for the project, which was designed by Thomas, Miller & Partners LLC of Brentwood.