Mock up labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum room

A tour with a view

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 |
Driving along Route 1, it’s hard to miss the large construction cranes near the Route 30 exit that are being used on the site of the new health campus project in southern Delaware. Over the winter months, the steel structure of the building will begin to rise along the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek roads. The project remains on schedule to be complete by fall of 2018, with an opening date in the first quarter of 2019.

According to construction management firm Whiting-Turner, an average of 50 people, who are employed by five different project trade partners, are working on the site. Their work ranges from installing underground utilities to pouring the concrete for the basement wall.

While crews work on the construction of the new facility, some of the interior design process is underway. “We are trying to create an environment that feels healing for the community. The interior design team is working to develop a setting that will complement the level of care community members will receive in southern Delaware,” said Jerry Peters, director, health campus project.

This fall, Bayhealth hosted a community open house at the warehouse on 109 McCoy Street in Milford for people to tour “Cardboard City” — the nickname established for the cardboard mock-up rooms for the new hospital and outpatient center. Tour groups had a chance to experience the space, feel, and function of the future hospital rooms.

“Involving the community and employees in the planning process for the health campus project will help us create a facility that reflects our population,” said Vice President of Operations and Administrator Milford Memorial Mike Ashton.

The mock-up rooms included a typical patient room; operating room; trauma bay; labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum room; emergency bay; and a medical oncology infusion bay.

Some of the rooms are made completely of cardboard, but one private patient room was finished to include almost all of the details of a future hospital room including drywall, paint, and lighting.

Input from the tours was collected along with feedback from other user groups during the design process. As the plans continue to be finalized, changes will be made within the mock-up spaces to reflect the design of the new hospital.

The result — a new 437,000-square-foot hospital and outpatient center that will incorporate the latest technology and design elements to bring a new way of healthcare to the communities of southern Delaware.

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