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Visitors Leave Mark On L&M Cancer Center

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital takes signatures on one of the last pieces of steel to be installed at new Waterford facility

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital recently invited visitors to become part of their latest facility by penning their name to one of the building's components.

A six-foot steel beam to be included in the hospital's new cancer center was put on display in the lobby on Thursday, with an open invitation to staff and visitors to sign it. L&M spokesman Michael O'Farrell said the plan was to keep the beam on display through today, but so many people signed it that there was little room left for additional signatures. The beam was removed on Monday and will be one of the last pieces added to the steel frame of the building.

"We brought the beam to the lobby to give people – patients, community members, staff – a chance to be a part of this project in a unique way. It was very touching to see all of the signatures and messages that people left," said O'Farrell. "Now, literally hundreds of people will be a part of the fabric of the building once it’s complete."

Lawrence & Memorial broke ground in June on a 48,000 square foot cancer center in Waterford, and steel work began last week. Located on Parkway South, the cancer center will work in cooperation with the Dana Farber Institute and employ 30 people. It is expected to open in September of 2013.

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