Bayhealth reveals more details about what each floor will house at its new hospital in southern Delaware. The six-story, $300 million health campus under construction along Route 1 is designed to deliver a new level of healthcare in Sussex County.
“As our community grows, we want to be able to grow with it. This isn’t just a hospital for today — it’s about the future of our region. We have designed this health campus for the next 100 years,” said Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE.
The garden level will house many of the services that help a hospital to run efficiently: the food prep area, facility services, and employee amenities including lockers and an employee lounge. On-call suites will also be located on the garden level for physicians. The medical staff lounge and medical affairs department will also be found on the garden level.
The first floor is the main entrance for patients, visitors, and employees. A 30-bay emergency department with a behavioral health treatment suite and a 12-bay clinical decision unit will have a separate entrance on the first floor. An imaging suite will be adjacent to the emergency department for quick diagnosis in an emergency. Diagnostic imaging will also be available for inpatient and outpatient services. Patients and employees will have easy access to a combined ambulatory pharmacy and gift shop conveniently located on the first floor near the cafeteria and main entrance. The cafeteria will be open to the public with outdoor seating and a community meeting space.
The second floor will have six operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and an interventional room for radiologic and cardiac procedures. An intensive care unit and postanesthesia care unit will be conveniently located nearby. Inpatient dialysis service will also be available on the second floor.
The third floor will house the women’s services department, including an OB emergency department and labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum rooms designed to optimize the mother-baby experience. The large rooms will allow new moms and their families to stay in the same room together throughout the birth of a baby. Administrative offices will also be placed on the third floor. The fourth floor will be home to 40 inpatient rehabilitation beds and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym. The fifth floor will have a 24-bed acute care patient unit. Half of the fifth floor will be used for future expansion. The sixth floor will house an additional 48 beds of acute care.
The helipad will be located on the roof of the building. An elevator will provide quick access to lifesaving treatment. It provides a direct path to the trauma bays, located within the emergency department, as well as our operating suite on the second floor. This type of vertical transport allows for quick response in an emergency.
Another unique feature of the new facility is the elevator system. The elevators are located close to the main entrance for ease of access and wayfinding. The elevator system will help keep front-of-house and back-of-house operations separate. This will allow for all materials to move behind the scenes as much as possible.
The Outpatient Center
The Bayhealth Sussex Campus Outpatient Center will be directly adjacent to the hospital with a separate entrance for patients and visitors. The 70,000-square-foot building will be three floors tall and includes a garden level.
The garden level will be home to an integrated oncology center with medical and radiation oncology as well as a clinic for patients. Sliding glass panels, designed to give patients the option to visit with their neighbors or sit privately, will separate the infusion bays on the Sussex Health Campus. There’s also space for family members to sit during treatment. Natural light will brighten the rooms and a garden will be located just outside the windows to bring the outdoors into view.
The first floor of the outpatient center will house outpatient rehabilitation, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. This will also be the hub of diagnostic testing. Patients will have access to phlebotomy, EKG, PFT, stress tests, and other outpatient testing services. On the second floor of the outpatient center, patients will have access to a multi-specialty clinic with general surgery, gastroenterology, and orthopaedics as the primary tenants. The third floor of the outpatient center will be shelled for future expansion. To keep up to date on the progess of the Bayhealth Sussex Campus Project, individuals can visit ImagineDE.com.
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