Ironworkers Deliver Message to Young Patients at Long Island Hospital

A 'thank you' from a patient's window in response to the messages. Photo: Christopher Swann / Island Swann Studios

A group of ironworkers building the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital in Long Island, N.Y., painted “get well” messages on the project’s steel beams for the young patients at the existing hospital next door, who could see the messages from their windows. The steel erector for the project is A.J. McNulty, Maspeth, N.Y. (an AISC Member and Advanced Certified Steel Erector). Owen Steel Company, Inc., Columbia, S.C. (an AISC Member and Certified Fabricator) is the project’s steel fabricator.

"It's remarkably touching," Ken Kaushansky, M.D., dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, told

The inspiring messages were raised before a "topping off" ceremony on July 24, celebrating the final steel beam being installed for the new pediatric hospital, a 10-level expansion adjacent to Stony Brook University Hospital.

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