[caption id="attachment_196013" align="aligncenter" width="2500"]ChristianaCare will open a primary care office in the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center in 2021. | PHOTO COURTESY OF EDIS[/caption]
WHITEHALL – ChristianaCare will open a new primary care practice in a health care center to be built in the newly developing community of Whitehall.Whitehall, which hopes to become the state’s first new town in over a century, is being developed by construction firm EDiS Co. and developer Eastern States Group. It will be home to the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center, officials announced Tuesday.The 20,000-square-foot center, designed by Architectural Alliance, will be built by EDiS across from the new 800-student Lorewood Grove Elementary School, which opened this school year in the Appoquinimink School District. The health care center is expected to open in 2021, according to officials.ChristianaCare will offer primary care at the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center, plus additional health care services that are still being planned, officials said. It already operates a freestanding emergency department, outpatient care center and primary care office in Middletown a few miles to the south of the Whitehall location.
[caption id="attachment_196008" align="alignleft" width="300"] ChristianaCare officials participate in a groundbreaking for the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center. | PHOTO COURTESY OF EDIS[/caption]
“We are on a mission to deliver the right care, at the right place for everyone, in all the communities we serve,” said Mike Eppehimer, president of the ChristianaCare Medical Group, in a statement announcing the project. “Being situated in the center of Delaware’s newest walkable and bikeable community enables us to serve our neighbors in the most literal sense. We look forward to being expert, caring partners in health to the families of Whitehall and the surrounding neighborhoods.”ChristianaCare, which currently has 17 primary care practices throughout the region, will occupy 10,000 square feet on the ground level of the center. Additional tenants are expected to be announced soon, as EDiS is currently vetting proposals from other interested tenants.Whitehall, situated between Middletown and the C&D Canal, was designed by its founders as a mixed-use, walkable community. The wellness center and school will sit in the middle of the town to help promote its planning philosophy, officials said.“Along with my partners at EDiS and at Eastern States Development, we have been incrementally weaving together the fabric of a town that will last into the next century. We are honored that ChristianaCare supports our vision,” said Brian DiSabatino, president of EDiS, in a statement.By Jacob Owensjowens@delawarebusinesstimes.com