Groundbreaking ceremonies for River Crest medical complex took place in Granite Falls on Wednesday April 27, 2016. Led by Caldwell Memorial Hospital CEO/President Laura Easton - and a beautiful April morning - approximately 50 guests attended the ceremonies. Granite Falls Police Department anticipated a heavy turnout and thus provided officers to direct traffic and provide safe crossing of the access road to the site. Once on-site, guests mingled and discussed the progress and opportunities coming to this southern Caldwell County community, as well as seeking shelter from the bright morning sun.
Easton welcomed the crowd and thanked the Granite Falls community for their support of the three-phase project. Easton introduced guests including local elected officials and staff from Granite Falls, Hudson, Lenoir and Caldwell County. Next, Granite Falls Mayor Barry Hayes spoke to the gathering of his delight in watching his town grow and spread its influence throughout the county. Mayor Hayes welcomed the River Crest project, remarking that residents and visitors will soon have accessible, quality health care without having to leave the county (or drive to Lenoir). CEO/President Easton then recognized individuals critical to the project’s development including architects, contractors along with CMH administrators and staff.
As the moment arrived for the groundbreaking ceremony to commence, Easton asked Mayor Hayes and several others to join her in the ceremonial tossing of the dirt to signify the projects official commencement. Following several tosses of Southern red clay – and many shared laughs – the ceremonial exercises came to their conclusion. Guests and participants headed back to their vehicles with many anticipating the completion of the River Crest project and wondering what might be next.