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In the midst of a cold winter rain, about 50 hearty administrative and department heads, board members, members of the building committee, and staff members of departments benefiting from the project, braved ground breaking ceremonies for the Center's new 44,000 square foot general services building.

Though bulldozing of the site was already underway adjacent to the loading dock, Leonard Farkas, Director of Engineering, Ray Seigfried, Director of Materials Management, and Carole Bosch, Housekeeping Supervisor, took up shovels to officially "break the ground" for the building, which will house their departments when completed.

Speaking at the program were Ellwyn Spiker, Administrator, Henry Dent, member of the Board of Directors, John Body, Chairman of the Building Committee, and Joseph E. Vincent, M.D., Past President of the Medical Staff.

The General Services Building will provide necessary working and storage space for many of our congested departments. In addition to the Departments of Engineering, Materials Management, and Housekeeping, the building will provide space for storage of Radiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory records. When these departments move, the vacated space will provide needed room for expansion for Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Pharmacy, Supply, Processing and Distribution, Pastoral Care, and Physical Medicine.

After the ceremony, all A&SHHC employees, medical staff, and volunteers were invited to attend a reception in the Hospital Center Dining Room where the floor plans of the new building were displayed, and refreshments were served.

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