Hospitalist Remembers First Days at Sussex Campus

Bayhealth Hospitalist Remembers First Days at Sussex Campus

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | Bayhealth Sussex Campus
It’s been two years since the Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus opened its doors on Friday, Feb. 5, 2019. Driven by his passion and commitment to helping our community members get back to good health, Hospitalist Muhammed Syed, MD, looks back on the first days at the new hospital and the honor of admitting the first patient from the Emergency Department. That patient, a woman with gastro-intestinal bleeding, remains distinctly etched in this doctor’s mind. 

“It was a big day for us,” said Dr. Syed, noting that he was Apogee’s program director at the time. Choreographing the successful move from the former Milford Memorial Hospital to the new Sussex Campus was a challenge. “Everything went smoothly. It was a super transition, like a well-oiled Swiss watch. There were no hiccups. It was an amazing transition, quite an undertaking. I was so proud to be a part of it.” 

At Milford Memorial, there were two teams of hospitalists working in weekly rotations – one week on, the next week off – but for the move, those teams united. “We were one crew. Every single patient was assigned a provider at the old campus and another provider at the new campus. It took weeks and weeks of planning. Everyone went above and beyond.”  

The hospitalists’ contributions to the move were so significant that Apogee’s divisional manager flew in for the move.  

“We opened at the Sussex Campus at 2 a.m.,” he said. “As transferring physician, I was here at 6 a.m., and around 10 a.m. I got a call from the ER.” That call involved the new hospital’s first patient. 

Dr. Syed notes that since opening day, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus hospitalist staffing has nearly doubled, from 2.5 physicians rounding daily at the old hospital to six hospitalists rounding each day at the new Sussex Campus. “That is a big expansion.” 

He credits the growth to more than the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We see a higher level of acuity, more complicated medical conditions, and more patients are coming here because we are a brand-new facility with physicians and care teams who are driven to help this community.” 

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