According to officials at Bayhealth Medical Center, at 5:25am on Saturday, February 25 an alarm was activated for a fire at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital. Patients were evacuated from the hospital’s Intermediate Care, Medical-Surgical and Obstetric units, according to fire safety protocol.
No patients suffered injuries, but several Bayhealth staff members were evaluated for smoke inhalation. No patients required transporting to neighboring hospitals.
According to Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy, “We are deeply grateful for staff and first responders who followed established protocols to keep patients safe. We’d like to extend our thanks to our first responders from Sussex and Kent County EMS along with Carlisle, Houston, Harrington, Bowers Beach, Frederica and Ellendale fire departments.”
The fire was quickly extinguished by Bayhealth staff, according to Mike Ashton, Bayhealth Vice President of Operations and Milford Memorial Administrator. While it remains under investigation, Mr. Ashton says the fire seems to have stemmed from a small heating-cooling unit on a nursing floor.
Two inpatient units will remain closed while they are reconditioned for patient use, most patients have been returned to their original units. The hospital has resumed normal operations.
Patient families can call 302-422-3311 if they have questions about their loved ones.