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Milford Business Owners Celebrate Bayhealth Hospital 'Topping-Out' Ceremony

Posted: Jul 11, 2017 2:25 PM Updated:
Tuesday afternoon's topping-out" ceremony for the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus included the symbolic lifting of the highest steel beam into place on the project site. (Photo: WBOC) Tuesday afternoon's topping-out" ceremony for the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus included the symbolic lifting of the highest steel beam into place on the project site. (Photo: WBOC)

MILFORD, Del.- Major progress was made Tuesday on the construction of Bayhealth Medical Center's new Sussex Campus in Milford. Officials working on the project hosted a "topping-out" ceremony, which included the symbolic lifting of the highest steel beam into place on the project site. 

Officials said the ceremony recognized the near completion of the structural phase for the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus, located on the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek roads, just off Route 1.

However, project workers weren't the only ones celebrating. Downtown Milford business owners expect the construction of the hospital to boost sales.

"I think it'll be great for the business. It'll bring lots of customers, lots of customers to downtown, [and] lots of customers to the hospital so it will help bring them to the area," said Dolce manager Jodie Johnson. 

Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe said the new hospital is attracting a lot of attention. He said the city has already seen investment from developers to build up around the area.

The hospital said an estimated $300 million will be reinvested into southern Delaware communities, which will boost not only local businesses but the housing market as well. 

"There'd be a broad spectrum of jobs at the hospital for doctors and nurses and their employees, and they'll need all sorts of housing whether it's rentals or new construction or resale," said Randy Marvel of Marvel Agency Real Estate.

Other folks from Milford said the hospital is a needed addition to the city. 

"It's really good to see progress. You know, we've needed a new hospital for a long time so I think it's -- anyone who lives in Milford like I do, we're pretty excited to see a new facility getting constructed," said Brad Dennehy of Milford.

The 440,000-square-foot hospital and outpatient center will feature all private patient rooms when it opens in January 2019. 

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