Photos: Colorful sigs make patients, providers part of peds expansionPublished on Monday, June 10, 2019By: Annie Oeth (firstname.lastname@example.org)A rainbow-colored beam-signing party June 6 kicked off preparations for "Growing Up Together," a celebration of UMMC’s seven-story pediatric expansion topping off. The beam will remain in the Rainbow Garden before the June 27 ceremony, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., to be followed at 6 p.m. by a fundraising reception at the Railroad District in downtown Jackson.Tayden Franklin of Meridian, a Children's Hospital patient, signs a beam during last Thursday's signing party in the Rainbow Garden.Dr. Sara Robertson, a pediatric anesthesiologist, adds her name in bright pink ink.Cathy Randall, business analyst in anesthesiology, said she is excited for the pediatric expansion's topping-out celebration June 27.Signatures in a rainbow of colors cover a beam that will be placed at the top of the Children's Hospital expansion, scheduled to open in fall 2020.Jacob Drury of Philadelphia helps his daughter, Kinsley, write her name. Kinsley is a Children's Hospital patient.Children's Hospital care team members, including Dr. Carroll Anna Troy, right, pediatric resident, will have their signatures included in UMMC's $180 million Children's Hospital expansion.McKinley Stanton of Richland pens her name.Doris Whitaker, left, UMMC director of pastoral services, said she finds the beam-signing party meaningful to patients, families and caregivers.Dr. Jennifer Shores, fetal cardiologist, said she is excited about the 2020 opening of the pediatric expansion, which will include a new home for the Children's Heart Center.Sylvia Martin watches her granddaughter, Mackynlee Bedwell of Foxworth, a Children's Hospital patient, add her name to the hundreds covering the beam.