Officials get sneak peek at Bayhealth Sussex Campus

MILFORD — Dozens of elected leaders, medical officials and members of the media toured Bayhealth’s Sussex Campus at 100 Wellness Way Friday in a preview to the public open house that will take place Saturday.

From 2 to 5 p.m. today, community members of all ages will have an opportunity to see the ins and outs of the new hospital, which officially opens to patients in February.

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.

From left, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Gov. John Carney listen to McKenzie Morgan of Bayhealth RN-Patient Care, right, about the new hospital patient room at Bayhealth Sussex Campus in Milford on Friday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

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.

Capping the event, weather permitting, will be fireworks at dusk and entertainment by the Milford Community Band.

The new hospital and outpatient center — estimated at 440,000 square foot in size — boasts 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.

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