Although the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus will not open its doors until 2019, the hospital is already preparing for transitioning patients and staff from the Clarke Avenue facility to the new location on Route 30 just south of Milford. Recently, Bayhealth announced that David A. Shockley will serve as the Transition and Activation Project Manager. Mr. Shockley, who is also pastor of Jesus Love Temple Church, has been a buyer in Purchasing with Bayhealth since 2012.
“I was born in Milford Memorial Hospital and grew up down the road in Slaughter Neck,” Pastor Shockley said. “This is one of the best ways I can think of to give back to the community I have called home my entire life.” Pastor Shockley is no stranger to serving his community, however.
Pastor Shockley served on Milford’s Board of Education as well as the boards of Milford Senior Center, Downtown Milford, Inc., God’s Way to Recovery and has worked extensively with Downtown Milford Inc., helping with efforts to revitalize downtown Milford where his church is located. With his mother, Reatha Freeman, Pastor Shockley fulfilled a 30-year dream his father had when he first stepped inside the abandoned Schine Theater on South Walnut Street.
“He didn’t see stained chairs, moth-eaten walls or a leaky roof,” Pastor Shockley said in an interview in 2009. “He saw a chance to resurrect a Milford landmark that was a popular social spot for locals.” When his father, David A. Shockley, Sr., passed away in 1983, Pastor Shockley, his mother and the congregation were left with the task of bringing his dream to life. On June 6, 2009, the new church was dedicated after an extensive renovation that cost over $1 million.
Pastor Shockley said that the transition of Bayhealth from the smaller campus on Clarke Avenue to the large campus under construction south of town will be a huge undertaking. He said that they need to plan for everything, from the “largest MRI to the smallest paper clip.” Bayhealth has contracted with Carter, a national corporation with headquarters in Dallas and Chicago to manage the physical and organizational relocation. Pastor Shockley will work closely with them, identifying features that must be transferred and those that will be replaced in the new building.
The transition plan, both moving the old campus to the new one and the transfer of ownership of the Clarke Avenue facility to Nationwide Healthcare, is still in the early stages. However, he has a goal to present a first draft of the transition plan by the end of September 2017.
“It’s evolving, but the building is visible now,” Pastor Shockley said of the new campus. “The progress is right in front of our faces. It’s exciting. This will be a key site for the next 50 to 100 years.”
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