Signing for history

Salem resident Dee Campbell, a nurse who retired from Salem Community Hospital after 30 years service, leaves her mark on a beam to be put in place today at 11 a.m. at the top of the hospital’s new patient bed tower, which looms behind her. The beam will fill the empty spot which can be seen between two beams already in place. Right, Jean and Orville Ritchie of Columbiana sign the beam. Orville said he wanted to sign because the hospital saved his life. The tower, which includes three floors devoted to patient care atop a two-level parking deck. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2014. People can still sign the beam from 9 to 10 a.m. today in the former bank parking lot, with the topping out ceremony to follow at 11. Visitors can park in the north lot near Salem Medical Center and ride Gus the Bus to the site. (Salem News photos by Mary Ann Greier)