Bayhealth Ready for Big Changes in 2016


Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 5.20.50 PMBy Terry Rogers

Bayhealth’s Milford campus is looking forward to many new and exciting changes in 2016. With groundbreaking planned for a new health campus in the spring, the hospital is in the middle of developing plans for the new site and taking recommendations for the current Clarke Avenue site.

“Plans for the new health campus are moving along on schedule,” said Alice Bavis-Rausch, Southern Region Strategy and Brand Program Manager at Bayhealth. “Bayhealth leaders along with general contractor Whiting-Turner are hoping to begin construction on the new health campus in late spring, pending approval of the certificate of public review by the Delaware Health Resources Board and other authorities with jurisdiction.” Ms. Bavis-Rausch said that they hoped to break ground for the new facility in late spring.

Many local residents have expressed concerns regarding the fate of the Clarke Avenue facility as the new hospital will completely replace the old one. Ms. Bavis-Rausch said that they have received a variety of different opinions from the community on what to do with the building.

“The public had a chance to weigh in at town hall meetings and can still provide feedback on,” Ms. Bavis-Rausch said. “As for the future of the building, we’ve had suggestions ranging from education to other health care services. Overall, there seems to be a lot of excitement about the future of the site.”

Ms. Bavis-Rausch said that all initial feedback is being sent to Trammell Crow, the redevelopment firm that will help make the decision on what to do with the Clarke Avenue site. She said that there will be exploratory meetings to discuss potential options for the facility so that Trammell Crow can gain insight and provide a list of viable redevelopment options for Bayhealth and the City of Milford to consider.

Currently, design teams are moving from a conceptual floor plan design to a detailed program design. Many of the designs and planning projects are in the approval stage which Bayhealth expects to be completed in time to begin site work and start laying the foundation for the new building in the spring.

Although much of their focus is on the new facility, Bayhealth continues to improve their daily operations at their current site. The hospital continues to work more efficiently and continue to provide patient-centered care. Although the new facility will make it easier to provide excellent care for patients, Bayhealth intends to continue to provide the high-quality care they have offered for decades in the Milford area at their current location. The new hospital is expected to be completed in 2019 and will be located at the intersection of Wilkins and Cedar Creek Road in Milford.