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Bayhealth Receives Final Approval; Releases Conceptual Plan

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Bayhealth Sign for New Milford Campus (Source: WBOC) Bayhealth Sign for New Milford Campus (Source: WBOC)

MILFORD, Del. - After applying for its Certificate of Public Review in October, Bayhealth has officially received approval from the Delaware Health Resources Board, and is now set to begin construction on the region's newest health campus in southern Delaware.

The hospital is looking to build a 437,000 square foot hospital on a 165-acre plot of land, located on the intersections of Wilkins and Cedar Creek roads off of Route 1 in Milford. This project, estimated to cost as high as $300 million, is expected to open by 2019. 

"The new Bayhealth health center will allow Milford to become a regional player," said Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe. "I think a lot of them area really excited about the partnership that Bayhealth is creating like Nemours that will allow us Milford to have pediatrics and senior care at a level that Southern Delaware hasn't seen before." 

The hospital itself would only take up about 55 acres of land, which is about one-third of the total property. Bayhealth said the remaining land will be used for growth over the next century. 

"We are pleased with the board's decision to approve out application," said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy. "It's our hope that for the next 100 years, the health campus will deliver a scope of care beyond anything the community has ever experienced."

Colin Walls, from Walls Service Center, said that the new hospital will be especially welcomed by parents, who currently need to travel upstate to receive pediatric care.

"My kids have had to go to AI Dupont up in Wilmington," he said. "And this is going to be great. Because we can actually have them seen down here." 

Shupe is also optimistic that economic growth could come from this hospital. 

"More public and private investment will follow as well," he said. "So it will become a catalyst for even more economic development, not just in the health care industry." 

Meanwhile, Bayhealth is also taking action to try and re-purpose the old hospital building, located on Clarke Avenue. The company hired a firm called "Trammell Crow Company," to explore redevelopment possibilities. Bayhealth will remain in the Clarke Avenue Facility until 2019. 

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