Bayhealth Sussex Campus to host community open house

MILFORD — A beacon of economic growth, the construction site at Bayhealth’s new Sussex Campus in Milford has lit up the sky for months. With its opening date nearing, the community will finally get to walk through the front doors Saturday to explore its bright possibilities.

An open house scheduled for Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. will offer community members of all ages a chance to see the ins and outs of the new hospital.

Children visiting during the event will be given a teddy bear, along with medical supplies like band-aids, at the children’s corner while supplies last.

According to Bayhealth’s Danielle Pro, attendees will begin their tour of the facility through the Outpatient Center lobby where they will choose one of four tour routes.

The “fast track tour” route, clocking in at about 20 minutes, will take visitors through one inpatient hospital room and the Emergency and Trauma Center.

If visitors have about 40 minutes to spare, they can find their way to the first inpatient tour which will guide them through an inpatient hospital room, an operating room and the Emergency and Trauma Center. A second inpatient tour will send guests through an inpatient hospital room, the Center for Women and Infants and the Emergency and Trauma Center.

The fourth tour option, at about 20 minutes long, will take visitors through the outpatient rehabilitation area and cancer center.

With an excitement as big as the long-awaited opening of a new, $314 million hospital and outpatient center, the party won’t end with tours — as long as the weather holds out.

“Weather permitting, at the conclusion of the tours at 5 p.m., there will be a fireworks display at dusk. The Milford Community Band will also join us at that time to play music for those waiting to view the fireworks,” Ms. Pro added. “We are expecting a large crowd, and do appreciate the patience of those who are attending.”

This event comes just weeks before the first patients are due to arrive at the Sussex Campus in early February.

“It’s not every day you get to design and build from the ground up something that patients can say, ‘Wow, you had us in mind when you built it, as well as the caregivers,” CEO and President Terry Murphy said.

The new hospital and outpatient center — estimated at 440,000 square foot in size — will boast six floors, with hallways designed to be easily navigated, 128 private rooms with bathrooms and sleeper sofas, additional physician offices and some of the latest technology available in the medical field. A nature trail will offer a serene environment for all those who use the hospital. Windows in the rooms will allow sunshine in, a touch designed to help the healing process.

Medical providers will find a special “garden level” made with them in mind, complete with a food prep area, facility services, lockers, employee lounge and on-call suites for when medical staff have long nights.

Bayhealth’s website outlines the features on each floor:

• The first floor will hold a 30-bay emergency room with a behavioral health suite and cafeteria with outdoor dining and community meeting spaces available.

• The second floor will include six operating rooms, two procedure rooms and a room just for radiologic and cardiac procedures. Inpatient dialysis services and intensive care and post-anesthesia care units will also be found on this floor.

• The third floor is dedicated to obstetrical services and a maternity ward, including a special emergency department to fit the needs of young families.

• A state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym and 40 inpatient rehab beds will be found on the fourth floor of the hospital.

• A 24-bed acute care patient unit will be housed on the fifth floor with room for future expansion as necessary.

• More acute care will take place on the sixth floor with an additional 48 beds in private rooms.

A helipad will top off the roof of the new hospital. Bayhealth built in an elevator to take patients and providers on a direct path to the trauma bays in the emergency department and operating suites on the second floor.

The connected outpatient center will feature an “integrated oncology center,” including separate infusion bays for patients and family members. More specialties like diagnostic testing and therapy will also be found in that building, designed to offer continuity in healthcare services.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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