Ada community members gathered Tuesday to attend the grand opening of Mercy Hospital Ada’s newly remodeled main entrance.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the hospital showcased its newest addition.

Prayer, a blessing of the new area and the Mercy cross and a performance by the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Choir all preceded the grand finale — a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The entire Mercy community wants to thank you all, each of you, for joining us today for the blessing and ribbon cutting of Mercy Hospital Ada’s new renovated front entry, which looks beautiful,” said Mercy’s executive vice president of operations and regional president, Donn Sorensen.

Tom Bolitho, on behalf of the Valley View Foundation, thanked Mercy for its commitment to nonprofit health care in Ada before opening the ceremony with a prayer.

“Quality health care and Mercy’s investment in this facility is critical to our success here,” Bolitho said. “And we are really happy they asked us to participate, and I think the entrance is a great start.”

The ceremony included remarks by Ada Area Chamber of Commerce President Shana Wood.

“The Chamber of Commerce is honored to be here, to share this special day with you all,” Wood said. “This beautiful facility — we are very fortunate and blessed here in Ada to have a hospital such as Mercy, who is dedicated to serving, giving back and providing quality health care for us.”

According to Mercy President Terence Farrell, the remodel of the main entrance cost about $3 million, which included redoing the front entrance; the main corridor, which gives access to all the patient care areas; the gift shop; the chapel; and the driveway.

“The remodel was designed to be welcoming and inclusive,” Farrell said. “The way we were designed previously, you kind of came into a small hallway. This obviously provides a cover from the elements, but it is to provide the most welcoming entrance we can offer. The way the awning reaches out to the community is intentional. (It’s) about how we are reaching out to the community and to service the community. The remodeling wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the community and those who donated their time and resources to the project.”

Farrell said the hospital appreciates its lead donors for the project. The hospital Auxiliary donated $55,000, Valley View Foundation, who donated $1 million, as well as the Mercy Health Foundation who donated $600,000 — indications, that Farrell said both foundation boards were clearly committed to providing the best healthcare for our community.

“The donations were made in honor of the late doctor Jo Ann Carpenter,” Farrell said. “We appreciate and recognize her as a tremendous leader for the foundation as well as the hospital for many years.”

Farrell said he believes that the remodeling will help Mercy offer additional services to the community so residents can receive as much care as possible and not have to go out of town for healthcare.