On Thursday, August 2, Bayhealth announced their selection of engineering firm EwingCole to facilitate the development of the new hospital on the Bayhealth Milford Memorial campus. EwingCole, a nationally recognized engineering firm, most recently developed the blueprint for the $147 million, 400,000 square foot Bayhealth Kent General expansion that opened in January 2012 in Dover, Delaware.
At Thursday’s press conference, Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, Chairperson of Bayhealth Board of Directors John Paradee, Esq; and Milford Memorial Hospital Administrator Michael Ashton welcomed Mark Hebden, President and COO of EwingCole, to the Milford Memorial Hospital and discussed the future partnership that will take place in developing a plan for the future of Bayhealth in Milford.
“This is a very evolutionary step for Bayhealth and the start of a new era,” stated John Paradee, Esq, Chairperson of Bayhealth Board of Directors. “The Board is committed to breaking ground as soon as possible.”
Founded in 1907 by Mary Louis Marshall, who began efforts to construct a hospital, Milford Memorial has continued to grow over a century full of progress. During the 1912-13 General Assembly of Delaware, House Bill 194 authorized the establishment of the 12-bed Milford Emergency Hospital in downtown Milford and by 1938 a new 100-bed hospital, renamed Milford Memorial Hospital, was opened. With the addition of a four-story clinical outpatient services facility, surgical department and rehabilitation and physical therapy center the hospital continued to grow during the 20th Century. During the 2000’s the hospital grew faster than ever enlarging Emergency and Trauma Services and and establishing the Bayhealth Cancer Institute.
Bayhealth will continue to grow as partner EwingCole begins to work on the site of the new expansion facility, which will be located on the existing campus of Bayhealth Milford Memorial. This venue will provide the infrastructure, parking access and space necessary for the projected $200 million project.
According to Bayhealth Administrator Michael Ashton, the new facility will be a full-service community hospital with state-of-the-art inpatient and ambulatory care capabilities.
“When completed, this full-service hospital will help the organization respond to the inevitable challenges healthcare reform will present and the need for expanded clinical integration and growth in ambulatory care services,” said Ashton.
When the facility opens, the Milford community will have emergency services, intensive care, surgical services, diagnostic and imaging services, inpatient dialysis, OB/GYN, inpatient rehabilitation beds, and medical/surgical beds. Ashton also commented that all patient rooms in the new facility will be private in an effort to improve patient privacy and provide more space for family and provider-patient interaction.
Although the exact timeline and details of the project are still being finalized, Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy commented that Bayhealth hopes to begin work on the new facility as early as July 2014. Murphy added that the size of the new facility is estimated to be 300,000 square feet.
“The one thing that had been consistent through the years is the support from our community,” commented Murphy. “The news today is about supporting that community and committing that Bayhealth will provide the latest and greatest facility to deal with the future of the healthcare system.”