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Topping Off Ceremony marks halfway point of $355 million construction project

The last steel beam placed upon the Promedica Hospital tower (courtesy: NBC24.com).

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- "Come in we need to talk to you, we knew it was something like bad news," said Garcia.

It was March 29th when he got the news his 11-year-old had daughter Riley had cancer.

Riley was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but she hasn't let the cancer stop her positivity.

"Most of my nurses say that I'm just a uplifting girl," said Riley.

It's this personality trait that landed her a role as brand ambassador for Promedica hospital, getting the chance to sign off on during their 'topping off ceremony' .

It's a tradition that was first made famous in Europe.

"It involves a celebration with the owner of the building, the tradesmen and women who have been apart of the building and the community as a whole," said Tom Manahan Chairman/Ceo of the Lathrup company.

The placement of the beam celebrates the end of vertical construction and marks the halfway mark to the tower's completion.

It will replace the hospital's downtown wing which has been around for more than 90 years.

"This really symbolizes for our community the next level of care for the next generation," said Arturo Polizzi President of Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital.

The 13 story tower will house in a total 462 ICU and medical surgical beds. It's completion also means giving back to local economy.

"The majority of the subcontractors and suppliers on the project are members of the Toledo business community so we're helping toledo businesses as well as employing a significant amount of construction trades people," said Manahan.

There's a lot more work to be done before the tower is finished, but it marks the end of one phase and the beginning of another.

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