After filing a Certificate of Public Review (COPR) in October 2015 with the Delaware Health Resources Board, Bayhealth was officially approved to move forward with its plan to build a new health campus in southern Delaware. With the COPR approval, Bayhealth released the conceptual renderings of the health campus on Tuesday, May 3 including a site map.
“Behind the scenes, we’ve continued to make progress on the health campus project,” said Bayhealth CEO Terry Murphy. “We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the conceptual rendering and site map with the same community members who will be cared for in the new facility for years to come.”
Positioned on a 165-acre piece of land just off Route 1, the $275 to $300 million project will be more than just a hospital according to officials at Bayhealth. Services to support both inpatient and outpatient care will be in one convenient location on the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek Roads in Milford, DE.
“Present day Milford Memorial Hospital opened in 1938 as a 100-bed general hospital. The original building entrance is still visible from Clarke Avenue,” said Alice Bavis-Rausch, Southern Region Strategy and Brand Program Manager at Bayhealth. “The community has wonderful memories of visiting the hospital, many people were born here and even delivered their own babies here. But Bayhealth recognizes healthcare has changed drastically since the hospital was originally designed and constructed, and it continues to change.”
One of the changes that will be noticeable in the new hospital is that all rooms are now private rooms as opposed to the semi-private rooms at the Clarke Avenue facility. Ms. Rausch said the new rooms will improve patient privacy and allow room for increased family involvement, which can be critical in the care of the patient. In addition, the new hospital will have private bathrooms with showers in every patient room, something that the current hospital does not offer in every room.
Bayhealth designed the new health campus around an improved patient experience. The health campus will be built on a 165-acre greenfield site adjacent to Coastal Highway (Route 1) and Cedar Creek Road (Route 30). It is three-and-a-half miles from the current campus and has excellent access to utilities. The new facility will have 128 private rooms with patient baths. The rooms will have acute and critical care beds, women’s services beds and inpatient rehabilitation beds. The new rooms will be designed to meet the needs of patients, family, providers and staff.
“Private rooms promote a higher quality of care,” Ms. Rausch said. “They reduce infection and medical errors as well as improve privacy. Patients are less stressed and healing is improved.” The hospital will also include a 12 bed medically managed clinical decision unit, a 30 bay Emergency Department which also includes trauma bays, a fast track area, and behavioral health rooms.
The surgical department will have six operating rooms and two procedure rooms. An interventional procedure room for radiologic and cardiac procedures will also be located in the surgery area.
Bayhealth is collaborating with CannonDesign and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company on the design and construction processes for the approximately 430,000 square foot hospital and outpatient center. Whiting-Turner estimates the project will create approximately 1,300 construction jobs – providing an economic boost in southern Delaware.
Bayhealth says the conceptual renderings of the hospital entrance and outpatient center were inspired by the landscape of southern Delaware. “We used the beauty of nature to come up with the concept for the exterior façade,” said Senior Vice President of CannonDesign Troy Hoggard.
Hoggard says the hospital and outpatient center are designed to evoke an infrastructure with a steady, durable presence the neighborhood can trust with its most difficult or joyous moments. He said the warm wood and waves in the building emphasize the healing power of nature.
Bayhealth plans to break ground on the health campus project later this month.
Positioned on a 165-acre piece of land just off Route 1, the $275 to $300 million project will be more than just a hospital. Services to support both inpatient and outpatient care will be in one convenient location on the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek Roads in Milford, Delaware.
With the COPR approval, Bayhealth today released the conceptual renderings of the health campus including a site map. “Behind the scenes, we’ve continued to make progress on the health campus project,” said Murphy. “We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the conceptual rendering and site map with the same community members who will be cared for in the new facility for years to come.”
Designed by architects at CannonDesign™, the conceptual renderings of the health campus are inspired by the landscape of southern Delaware. The warm wood and waves in the building reflect local topography – emphasizing the healing power of nature.
“Our team explored southern Delaware to learn more about the landscape and we used our findings as inspiration in developing a concept for the exterior façade of the hospital and outpatient center,” said Senior Vice President CannonDesign Troy Hoggard. “What we found were sprawling farmlands, waves crashing onto the beaches, and sand rippled after a summer storm, and each is reflected in our design.”
A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for late spring this year.
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