On September 22, Bayhealth hosted an event at Abbott’s Grill in Milford, Del. Bayhealth leaders, board members, civic leaders, physicians, and community members were on hand to hear updates about the organization’s new health campus in Sussex County, slated for completion in 2019.
At the event, Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE, announced that an agreement had been made with Nemours to provide pediatric and senior care at the new health campus. “I’m pleased to announce an agreement with Nemours to provide specialty care at our new health campus in Milford,” said Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE. “Nemours pediatricians will care for children, and Nemours SeniorCare will provide retirees with hearing and vision services.”
As part of the agreement, Nemours will have a dedicated area for development on the new health campus plan. The facility will be positioned on the front of the property and will be easily accessible to patients and visitors. Brent R. King, MD, Enterprise Vice President for Nemours and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, spoke to the audience following Murphy’s announcement. “Our relationship with Bayhealth is one of professional collaboration in pursuit of a larger goal – to give Delawareans access to the best possible care, in their communities, no matter their age.”
The Nemours/Bayhealth collaboration demonstrates that this new health campus will be more than just a hospital – it will redefine health care in Sussex County. Bayhealth’s goal is to provide many different services at one location to maximize the community’s access to the best health care in the region. The $250 million health campus, which will be located along Route 1 at the corner of Wilkins Road and Cedar Creek Road, will include a hospital, outpatient center and physicians’ offices. Bayhealth hopes to break ground in 2016 and hopes to have the new facility operational in 2019. The health campus will include a state-of-the-art inpatient hospital and emergency department.
In June, at the Bayhealth, Inc. Board meeting, Terry Murphy announced that board member Bill Strickland will serve as chair of the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III. The Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III is a capital fundraising campaign that will primarily support the new health campus in Milford. Bayhealth officials state that the health campus will redefine health care in southern Delaware.
“This campaign is an investment opportunity,” said Strickland. “It’s an investment in the health care that will be delivered to you and your family and loved ones. In the end, residents of Milford are going to need the services provided by Bayhealth. I’m honored to have the opportunity to give back to Milford, a community that’s given me so much.”
As Bayhealth continues their efforts toward the new health campus project, the organization states that the are committed to engaging state and local leaders to find the best reuse of the existing Clarke Avenue facility. Murphy said that the adaptive reuse firm will play a key role in this portion of the project, “bringing detailed expertise and experience to re-imagining the current Milford Memorial Hospital location and giving the community a viable asset in downtown Milford.”
To participate in the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III, individuals are encouraged to contact the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015 or visit www.bayhealthfoundation.org. To keep current on news about the new health campus, individuals can log in and register on ImagineDE.com and sign up to receive updates about the new health campus project as announcements are made, and also share their own comments.