Created 2-Nov-12
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Nineteen months after ground was broken for the $184-million John T. O’Connell Tower, the final steel beam was hoisted into place on Oct. 29 for this 10-story structure that will house 318,000 square feet of care facilities for St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso blessed the beam, which had been signed by hundreds of patients, staff, physicians and well-wishers. When the facility opens in 2011, it will house an enlarged emergency department, 19 new operating rooms, 36 private patient rooms, expanded facilities for the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute and a new rooftop helipad. Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO, said, “This building would not be possible without the generous help of Daniel and Nancy O’Connell,” who donated about $5 million to the project in memory of their son, John, for whom it is named. John O’Connell was treated for cancer at St. Francis prior to his death in 1996. Daniel O’Connell is a board member of the hospital and of St. Francis Foundation and St. Francis HealthCare Partners.
Names of individuals and groups adorn the beam.The beam, bearing signatures, awaits its move.A worker awaits the hoisting of the beamMsgr. John J. McCarthy, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford, adds a message to the beam.Daniel O'Connell, who with his wife, Nancy, donated about $5 million toward St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center's new building, stands near the beam before it is lifted into place.Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez is on hand to make remarks at the ceremony.Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, addresses those in attendance.Daniel O’Connell addresses those at the ceremony as Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, looks on.Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso, who blessed the beam, also spoke at the ceremony.Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso blesses the beam before it is lifted by a crane.

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