by Terry Rogers
Driving by the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus residents and visitors will notice steel beams rising next to the new hospital building. The beams are the beginnings of the planned Nemours duPont Pediatrics Sussex Campus which has a planned opening in the fourth quarter of 2020.
“Nemours is committed to expanding our service offerings in southern Delaware,” Ann M. Hurst, MSM BSN RN CNML, Administrator of Ambulatory Operations at Nemours explained. “With the opening of Nemours duPont Pediatrics Sussex Campus, families, who in the past had to travel to access many of our pediatric services, will now receive the care they need much closer to home.”
The new building will be a 35,000 square feet space that will occupy the first floor of the brand new medical office building. The new location will offer specialty care, including allergy, behavioral health, gastroenterology, neurology and many other specialized pediatric services as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy. The new location will offer diagnostic services, primary pediatric care, and a community meeting room as well. In addition to pediatric care, the current Milford Nemours SeniorCare location will move to the new building, providing vision and dental services for eligible seniors.
The Nemours Sussex Campus will have a special pediatric entrance that will allow children to go directly to the pediatric center and a second entrance for senior patients to enter the building and access the check-in desk. Other visitors to the building will have direct access to elevators that will take them to doctors offices located on the upper floors of the building. The entire layout of the building was created using focus groups to determine the needs of the community.
“We are building our own primary and specialty care center on Bayhealth’s new medical campus,” Hurst said. “Since we are co-located, there will be opportunities for both health systems to serve our patient families. For example, Bayhealth will provide care to mothers and obstetrics, and, once the baby is born, Nemours will be able to provide pediatric primary care and any needed specialty care.”
When the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus opened, Dr. Julianne Wysocki, Medical Director of the Sussex Emergency Department, said that having Nemours on the campus would be a huge benefit to both the hospital and residents of Kent and Sussex Counties.
“Having Nemours on campus will be fantastic,” Dr. Wysocki said. “We will have the capability to treat pediatric issues here and not require parents to drive two hours to Wilmington to get treatments for their children.”
Hurst echoed Dr. Wysocki’s statements, explaining that Nemours and Bayhealth had long been partners in improving the health and wellness of the state’s residents.
“Our common mission to serve, and leveraging Bayhelath’s medical destination vision, allowed our two organizations to come together,” Hurst said. “We believe in providing family-centered, quality care that is accessible to all.”
The Nemours Children’s Health System was established as the Nemours Foundation after Alfred I. duPont established a children’s hospital in his will. Initially, the hospital served children with orthopedic problems and those children lived at the hospital while parents visited on weekends. In addition to the fund for a children’s hospital, duPont’s will left a small fund to provide services to low-income senior citizens which, today, provides senior citizens who qualify vision and hearing benefits.
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