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As the exterior of the new Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus nears completion, project leaders are turning their focus toward the interior design elements of the new facility — and community members and employees are getting a chance to give their input.

“Our community partners, frontline staff, and providers play an important role in planning for the new Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus,” said Vice President of Operations and Milford Memorial Administrator Michael Ashton, FACHE. “We appreciate their feedback and involvement in the project.”

Nearly 150 people, including Bayhealth employees, volunteers, patients, and community members, tested and voted on their favorite furniture samples for the new hospital and outpatient center during a furniture demo. Participants sampled recliners, gliders, and sleeper sofas, and waiting room, exam room, and office chairs. They also observed how the furniture would fit inside of a patient room.

Upon arrival, interior designers from CannonDesign, Bayhealth’s design partner, distributed evaluation forms to participants. The furniture was judged based on many factors, including, but not limited to, comfort, ease of sitting and standing, perceived durability, and ease of use. Participants also had an opportunity to write in their own comments.

“Bayhealth follows the Planetree philosophy in delivering a patient- and family-centered model of care,” said Marianne Foard, director of Patient Advocacy at Bayhealth. “These evaluations will help us to capture the voice of the patient and ultimately improve the patient, family, and guest experience at Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus.”

Bayhealth’s clinical staff also weighed in on the different types of furniture. “The patient room is one of the most important spaces in a hospital — we asked our clinical staff to gauge how well patients and their families will be able to move around a room based on the size of the furniture,” said Andrea Holecek, senior director of Patient Care Service at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. “We also want to make sure our clinical staff is comfortable caring for a patient in this space.”

The 128-bed hospital will have all private patient rooms. Each room is designed to have a patient, family, and clinical zone. Sleep sofas in the new hospital will allow family members to have a comfortable place to eat, sleep, rest, and even work. A lounge chair will provide an alternative space for the patient or a family member to rest comfortably.

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