Nurse Manager Kim Ford, RN, cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for the new Bayhealth Emergency Center Smyrna. She was assisted by Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy; Dr. Steve Talbot, Medical Director of the Emergency Center; Senator Bruce Ennis; Smyrna Town Manager Dave Hugg; and Bayhealth Board Chair John Paradee.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, December 3 at Bayhealth’s new Emergency Center in Smyrna, Bayhealth CEO Terry M. Murphy described the ways this facility will respond to the need in local communities for emergency services close to home.
“Today, by cutting the ribbon on this eight-bed, fully-staffed, 24-hour Emergency Center here in Smyrna, we’re answering the need expressed by residents, local EMS and state agencies, and physicians,” Murphy stated.
Murphy identified several local organizations that have faced increased demand for services in recent years, and said that he believes the Emergency Center Smyrna will assist in providing care to a population that is growing in both numbers and age.
American Legion Ambulance 64, which covers a 62-mile radius surrounding Smyrna and Clayton, transported 2,800 patients last year to Kent General’s emergency department, at a minimum of 50 minutes round trip. Now, Ambulance 64 and other first responders will see reduced travel time. Additionally, the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill will have more rapid access to care for the complex, often unique health issues of their patient population.
In the last ten years, the communities of Smyrna, Clayton, Middletown, and Townsend have experienced significant population growth, placing heavy demand on local primary and specialty care physicians. In 2011, 6,300 people traveled from these areas to Kent General for emergency care.
By increasing access to emergency care in local areas, Bayhealth hopes to improve the overall health of people in those communities. A 25-minute delay—or a 2-minute delay in treatment—can mean the difference when it comes to life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke.
When it opens, the Bayhealth Emergency Center Smyrna will be staffed by specialists in emergency medicine. Final preparations for the opening include: final quality and safety inspections of all equipment; staff and EMS personnel facility orientation and training; stocking of final supplies and medications.
Located on North Carter Road in Smyrna, the Bayhealth campus is also home to the Outpatient Center, which provides MRI, CT, Mammography, Ultrasound, Laboratory, and X-Ray services; Family Medicine of Smyrna; and many physician specialties including Asthma and Allergy Care of Delaware, Bayhealth Orthopaedics, Bayhealth Urology, Bayhealth Cardiology, Central Delaware Gastroenterology, Delaware Cardiovascular Associates, Delaware Heart & Vascular, Kent Foot and Ankle Center, Kent Pulmonary Associates, Nephrology Associates and Nephrology Consultants.