Bayhealth holds Topping Out ceremony at Sussex Campus

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Bayhealth marked a milestone in the construction of the new Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus in Milford with the ceremonial “Topping Out” of the steel structure.

“This day takes us one step closer to fulfilling the promise we made to southern Delaware,” said Bayhealth CEO Terry Murphy. “Put simply, that promise is to bring the nation’s best health care to our families here at home.These new facilities are just part of what Bayhealth is doing to make the Bayhealth Sussex Campus a great place to give and receive care for many generations to come.”

“Bayhealth is a leader not just in healthcare, but in driving economic growth in Kent and Sussex counties,” said Gov. John Carney. “The investment in this new, state-of-the-art facility will expand access to quality healthcare for children, seniors and Delawareans across the central and southern portion of our state. It will create good-paying jobs, help us attract more businesses to set up shop here, and make the Milford area an even better place to live, work and raise a family. The positive impact of this $300 million investment would be really difficult to overstate.”

More than half of Bayhealth’s contractors and subcontractors are Delaware-based businesses and more than half of the project’s materials will be purchased through Delaware vendors. For example, approximately 6,750 pieces of steel used in this project were purchased from and fabricated by Crystal Steel, Inc. of Delmar, DE. The 440,000 square foot hospital is slated to open in early 2019.

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Community members, patients, physicians, employees and donors signed the 13-foot long, 200-pound ceremonial beam at Downtown Milford’s Bug and Bud Festival. The beam was also available to sign on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus and in the lobby of Bayhealth Milford Memorial.

“The next few years hold a lot of promise for Milford and its surrounding areas,” said Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe. “The Bayhealth Sussex Campus and the redevelopment of the Clarke Avenue facility will serve as a catalyst for economic growth. We expect to see our existing businesses get a boost, and hopefully, we’ll see the launch of new businesses—both small and large.”

Designed by architects from CannonDesign, the campus will include a six-story hospital with an expanded emergency department, additional operating rooms, and all private patient rooms. There will also be a 70,000 square foot outpatient center.

Nemours Children’s Health System will provide specialized services for children and seniors in a separate building on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus.

In March, Bayhealth announced it reached an agreement with Nationwide Healthcare Services for the sale of the grounds that currently house Bayhealth Milford Memorial on Clarke Avenue.

Nationwide plans to transform the 22-acre site and surrounding buildings into an innovative multi-use health care-focused community.

The agreement follows through on a commitment Bayhealth made in November of 2014 to find a buyer that could repurpose the property into a community resource once Bayhealth relocates to its new campus off of Delaware Route 1.

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