Dover, Delaware - It’s an historic milestone for Bayhealth Medical Center and the entire central Delaware community.
Thursday, Bayhealth officials joined community leaders in the placement of the final construction beam for Phase Two of the historic expansion of Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. When Phase Two construction is completed (expected by the end of 2011), Bayhealth patients will benefit from an expanded Emergency Department, a new integrated Cancer Center, a new Welcome Pavilion for Kent General Hospital, and access to a new 375-space parking garage.
“When (Phase Two) construction is completed, Kent General Hospital will be ready to serve our community for many generations to come. The placement of this final construction beam represents our commitment to our community’s future,” said Bayhealth President & Chief Executive Officer Terry Murphy, FACHE.
According to Mr. Murphy, the 400,000 square foot, $147-million hospital expansion will benefit Bayhealth patients in many ways. This includes the installation of:
• The new, integrated Bayhealth Cancer Center. With the new Center, and with Bayhealth’s affiliation with the Penn Cancer Network, the top cancer services in the region will be available to cancer patients under one roof.
• A spacious new Welcome Pavilion to make patients and visitors feel “right at home” the moment they walk into Kent General Hospital!
• A new, expanded state-of-the-art Emergency Department. The new Emergency Department will be bigger, better equipped, and capable of significantly reducing patient treatment and waiting time.
• A new Central Services Building that will provide electricity, heat and air conditioning to the entire Kent General Hospital campus. This will ensure clinical operations continue smoothly and patients receive care quickly. In addition, all materials coming into the hospital for distribution will be delivered from the centrally located Central Services Building.
• A new 375-space parking garage. When this garage is open to the public at the end of 2011, patients and visitors will have quick, easy access to parking.
“With the population growing, with health care evolving, and with Baby Boomers retiring, our community’s health care needs will be growing. And, Bayhealth will be growing to help meet those needs,” said Mr. Murphy.
Milestone for Delaware: On July 22, construction workers hoisted the final beam into place for the Phase Two expansion of Kent General Hospital. When the expansion is completed in late 2011, Bayhealth patients will benefit from a new and integrated Cancer Center, an expanded Emergency Department, a new Welcome Pavilion and an easily accessible 375 space parking garage at Kent General Hospital.