State to use federal Rescue Act funds for new Hospital for Chronically Ill in Smyrna

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Delaware will use $50 million in federal Rescue Plan Act funds to build a new Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. 

The hospital, which originally opened in 1932, provides skilled nursing care to more than 100 residents. Construction of a new, 72,000-square-foot facility in Smyrna will create 250-300 construction-related jobs.

“Delawareans deserve a health care system that’s able to meet the needs of our communities, particularly those that are vulnerable and underserved,” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “As Lt. Governor and as a nurse, I have seen how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the physical and emotional health, especially in our aging population and their families. They deserve the highest quality of care. These investments will go a long way to ensure that happens.”

“The staff at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill has shown an unwavering commitment to its residents, maintaining a 5-star rating during this global pandemic,” said Molly Magarik, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. “I am excited for the team and residents to move to a new facility that will better support person-centered care with consolidated program services in one building.”

This week, plans were announced to spend  $26.4 million in affordable housing in Wilmington, and $50 million for jobs training programs statewide.

Last month, a  $110 million plan to provide universal wired broadband access for all Delaware homes and businesses was announced.  Delaware aims to become the first state to close every “last mile” with wired, high-speed broadband. 

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