SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - From the parking lot to level two, an SUV was hoisted up into Mercy’s under-construction orthopedic hospital at U.S. 65 and Evans Road.
“When I first heard about putting a car in the building I thought they were playing a joke on me actually,” explained Jared Hites, spokesperson for McCarthy Construction.
Crews lifted the car, minus its wheels, using a construction folklift. It’s now off the road for good, but its life is far from over.
When the hospital is complete, this vehicle will be used to help physical rehab patients re-learn the basics.
“”Little things after you have had a knee or hip replacement- getting in and out of a car can be difficult. This lets them practice something you and I take for granted every day,’ said Sonya Kullmann, spokeswoman for Mercy Springfield.