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Bayhealth Groundbreaking Brings Large Crowd To Milford

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The site plan for the new health campus being built by Bayhealth (Source: ImagineDe.com/mediakit) The site plan for the new health campus being built by Bayhealth (Source: ImagineDe.com/mediakit)

MILFORD, Del. - After years of planning, construction of Bayhealth's new health campus ceremoniously got started on Tuesday with a groundbreaking. The health campus, which will cost approximately $300 million to construct, will be located by the intersection of Wilkins and Cedar Creek roads in Milford. This intersection is located just west of Route One.  

CEO and President of the company Terry Murphy said that this is a meaningful day for the community. 

“This is on a 165-acre campus," he said. "That will allow us not only to grow for 10, or 20, or 30 years. But 50 to 100 years into the future. So we’re excited about our ability to grow over time for this community.” 

The hospital will include six floors, covering approximately 437,000-square-feet. Inside the facility will offer expanded inpatient, outpatient, and specialty treatments. The health campus will also include a collaboration with Nemours, a company that specializes in pediatric care. 

Executive Vice President for Nemours Dr. Roy Proujansky said that the Nemours facility will offer a type of pediatric service that is currently unavailable in southern Delaware. 

“If your pediatrician or family medicine pediatrician says 'We need you to see a pediatric specialist,'" he said, "Instead of you then thinking, 'Wow, how am I going to get the time off to drive all the way to Wilmington and back,’ you are only going to need the time to drive locally.” 

The project has gotten the praise of various state and local leaders including Gov. Jack Markell and Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe. 

"Milford is at it’s tipping point," said Shupe. "We’ve been talking about Milford being at the cusp of something big for a number of years and for some for decades. But this is the tipping point that’s going to bring us over the edge and allow us to become an economic driver in the state of Delaware.” 

Markell said that this will also provide a boost to the entire region. 

"This is a huge investment for Milford," he said. "For southern Delaware and for the state of Delaware, a $275 million project, first-class healthcare, great for the community, great for economic development. Just a huge investment."

Bayhealth plans to stay in the old facility on Clarke Avenue until 2019. To determine the building's future, Bayhealth has hired a firm called the Trammell Crow Company. The firm is expected to complete a study within the next four months. 

"We're determining what makes more sense," said Cheri Clarke Doyle. "Does it make more sense to keep it as it is and refurbish. Or does it make sense for a bigger user to come in and take over either the entire campus or to demo the campus and totally build something new."

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