In response to a growing community need for care, Bayhealth recently presented a Certificate of Public Review (COPR) to the Delaware Health Resources Board requesting approval to add additional inpatient beds, as well as a C-section suite at Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus.
“After our move to the Sussex Campus in early 2019, we saw significant growth in admissions, observation cases, and the number of babies born,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE. “Sussex County is undergoing significant population growth, which we anticipate will further increase the need for services and we want to be prepared to meet that need.”
The proposal calls for additional medical/surgical beds to be located in 17,300 square feet of shelled space on the fifth floor of the facility. The space will be converted into 24 acuity adaptable private patient beds. Five women’s services beds will be added to the third floor, which will entail renovating existing administrative office space into private patient rooms. The C-section suite will be constructed nearby in 1,500 square feet of shelled space. The project is estimated to cost approximately $19 million.
“The proposed expansion project was thoughtfully and efficiently planned when we designed the hospital. Most of the necessary infrastructure is already in place, making it easy to convert the spaces into patient care areas. There will be minimal impact on existing services,” said Murphy.
Since opening in 2019, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus has launched new services, such as Interventional Neurology, and recruited more than 20 additional providers to serve the growing southern Delaware population. The Nemours Building is scheduled to open in December, adding more conveniently located specialty services and primary care to the Sussex Campus.
The Delaware Health Resources Board is currently reviewing Bayhealth’s COPR application. The next meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2020.