Bayhealth broke ground on a health campus project today that will transform the way healthcare is delivered in southern Delaware. More than 200 community members, physicians, state and local leaders, and Bayhealth team members gathered to celebrate the milestone event.
“A project like this doesn’t happen overnight; it takes research, imagination, determination, and knowhow,” said Bayhealth president and CEO Terry Murphy. “It also takes the will to change the status quo and create something new. We view the health campus project as a $275 to $300 million re-investment in the health of our community.”
The health campus is slated to open in 2019. The site ““ just off Route 1 ““ provides patient access, and with more than 165 acres of land, the health campus will be able to grow and expand to meet the region’s future healthcare needs.
The health campus plan features a LEAN Led design focused on efficiency and the ultimate goal of improving the overall patient experience. Bayhealth team members and physicians are actively involved in the health campus plans, working side-by-side with design teams to make the best decisions for their future patients, according to hospital officials.
“This kind of expansion is critical to ensuring we are working toward the positive evolution of healthcare delivery, and health outcomes in Delaware,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “Keeping the patient’s needs at the center of planning projects like this, helps us work toward a more efficient coordination of care, and I congratulate Bayhealth on this new campus.”
The campus will include a six-story hospital with an expanded emergency department, additional operating rooms, all private patient rooms, and a cafeteria on the first floor with outdoor seating.
Nemours Children’s Health System will provide specialized services for children and older adults in a separate building on the health campus.