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Published on May 09, 2017

‘Topping out’ ceremony and beam signing held at Montage Medical Group building in Ryan Ranch


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Monterey, Calif.  A traditional “topping out” ceremony, where the final beam is placed in an under-construction building, was held Tuesday at the newest location of Montage Medical Group, a group of physician medical practices  on the Monterey Peninsula.

The $23 million, 60,000-square-foot building is the seventh and largest office of Montage Medical Group, which is a sister company to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. It is expected to open in February 2018 and will eventually have 40 doctors as well as other healthcare providers.

“We founded Montage Medical Group because, like the rest of the nation, we have a serious shortage of doctors on the Monterey Peninsula,” said Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Montage Health, parent company of the medical practices and Community Hospital. “Through Montage Medical Group, we have been able to recruit 42 providers who last year had more than 90,000 patient visits. In the next five years, we expect to more than double the number of doctors, helping to ensure that our community has access to care.”

At Tuesday’s “topping out” ceremony, which has its roots in an ancient Scandinavian practice, attendees signed a steel beam that was then hoisted atop the building by a large crane. In a tradition that has evolved over time, a flag was placed on one end of the beam and a tree on the other. The tree has come to signify safety and bringing the building to life, among other things.

Packer was joined in Tuesday’s program by Anthony Chavis, MD, chief medical officer of Montage Health, and Stan McKee, chair of the board of Montage Medical Group.

The new building will be Montage Medical Group’s flagship office and “great care went into developing and designing the interior space and workflow,” said  Chavis.

Care providers of Montage Medical Group built actual-size models of interior space out of cardboard and then tested them, going through the process actual patients, office staff, nurses, doctors, and others do in the course of typical office visits.

“The resulting design focuses on preserving privacy and dignity for patients and promoting personal interaction between patients and their doctors,” Chavis said.

“It was designed by patients and care providers for patients and care providers,” Chavis said. “It sets a standard for medical office buildings not only in California, but in the United States.”

The two-story building will include:

  • 91 examination rooms
  • 5 family consultation rooms
  • 1 conference room
  • 4 laboratory blood draw stations

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Montage Medial Group was established in 2009 to address a shortage of physicians in Monterey County. It is a subsidiary of Montage Health and sister company to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Montage Medical Group has more than 40 primary care doctors and specialists providing care at offices in Monterey, Carmel, and Marina. Physician recruitment continues to ensure healthcare access for community residents.

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