The final beam was secured at the top of Celina’s soon-to-be-open hospital.

City leaders, health care officials, hospital representatives and dozens of attendees celebrated the construction progress for the incoming Methodist Health System hospital Oct. 20.

Marking a milestone

A topping-out ceremony is a Scandinavian tradition to celebrate placing the last beam on a roof and includes those in attendance signing their names on the last steel beam before it is raised to the top of the building.

A small tree was also added, another tradition meant to ward off evil spirits.
A tree is also lifted up with the final beam as part of the tradition. (Alex Reece/Community Impact)
The four-story, 200,000-square-8

“The tradition symbolizes progress, unity and dedication,” said Pamela Stoyanoff, Methodist Health System’s president and chief operating officer.

The details

Construction on the new facility, located at the corner of Dallas Parkway and FM 428, broke ground April 4, according to a Methodist Health System news release.

It will be the healthcare system’s 13th hospital.

Here is a quick look at what will be included in the four-story, 200,000-square-foot space, according to the news release:
  • 30 medical-surgical beds
  • 10 postpartum beds
  • Eight intensive care unit beds
  • 12 emergency department beds
  • Three operating rooms, including a da Vinci surgical robot, and shell space for an additional operating room
  • A cardiac catheterization lab
  • Two procedure rooms
“It really is exciting to see [the hospital] come out of the ground,” Methodist Health System CEO James James Scoggin, Jr. said. “We can't wait to serve Celina, [and] we can't wait to serve the surrounding areas.”

Stay tuned

The hospital is expected to open in early 2025.

“In no time at all, you’ll be ready to open your doors to our residents and for the neighboring towns around us, and you will be an anchor to this health care corridor,” Mayor Ryan Tubbs said. “We look forward to you being the heartbeat of our city going forward.”