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Bayhealth Breaks Ground On New Smyrna E.D.


A new Emergency Department will save precious minutes for emergency patients from the greater Smyrna area.

On Monday, Bayhealth joined with local community leaders in breaking ground on a new $3.4 million Emergency Department at Smyrna-Clayton Medical Services.  When the new facility opens in late 2012, residents of Smyrna will no longer need to travel the estimated 25 minutes south or 30 minutes north to receive emergency care.  

“In emergency medicine, those saved minutes could translate into saved lives.  We will ensure Smyrna residents receive the lifesaving care they deserve,” said Bayhealth Emergency Department & Trauma Services Director Patricia Fuller.

According to Fuller, research shows that Bayhealth Kent General receives an estimated 6,300 emergency patients from the Smyrna-Clayton area each year.  

The new eight-bed Emergency Department facility at 401 North Carter Road in Smyrna will offer a fully-staffed 24 hour Emergency Department equipped to treat a wide variety of emergent and non-emergent medical issues.  The new E.D. will feature a 20 member staff of nurses and other clinical personnel to augment a rotating team of Emergency Department physicians.  A rapid triage will ensure that every patient is assessed and assigned to a nurse and physician quickly.  

Bayhealth’s Smyrna Clayton Medical Services Campus is a 40,000 square foot facility which already provides comprehensive diagnostic imaging including open MRI, CT, Ultrasound, General X-ray and Lab Services.  The facility is also home to Family Medicine of Smyrna, Cardiology Consultants, Asthma Allergy Care of Delaware, Central Delaware Gastroenterology, Kent Pulmonary Associates and Delaware Cardiovascular Associates.

Groundbreaking in Smyrna 2012
Local community leaders join Bayhealth officials for the groundbreaking of a new Emergency Department that is scheduled to open in Smyrna by the end of 2012.

Pictured above, from left to right are:

Bayhealth Facilities Planning & Construction Director Jerry Peters

Bayhealth Vice President, Corporate Support Services Mike Metzing

David Archer, Architect from Perkins & Will

John Desiderio, Bayhealth Administrative Director of Operations

Smyrna School Superintendent Deborah Wicks

Ron Sayers, Bayhealth Inc. Board of Directors

Chris Hudson, Smyrna Fire Company

Brooks Banta, Kent County Levy Court President

Isaac Willis, Smyrna Fire Company

Mary Jane Willis, Bayhealth Inc. Board of Directors

Colin Faulkner, Director of Kent County Public Safety

Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy

Bayhealth Emergency & Trauma Services Director Pat Fuller

State Representative Lincoln Willis

Smyrna Town Manager Dave Hugg

Smyrna Mayor Pat Stombaugh

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