Mock patient room

Bayhealth Hosts Mock Room Warehouse Tours

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Bayhealth Sussex Campus

Bayhealth welcomed the southern Delaware community to Cardboard City – the nickname established for the cardboard mock-up rooms for the new hospital and outpatient center.

Health campus project leaders greeted guests in the warehouse rented by Bayhealth on McCoy Street in Milford. They discussed the overall design of the new health campus and then tour groups had a chance to see several cardboard mock-ups of future hospital rooms.

“We are not just picking up Bayhealth Milford Memorial and moving it to a new location. The new hospital and outpatient center will incorporate best-practice design elements from some of the top hospitals in the nation,” said Vice President of Operations and Administrator Milford Memorial Mike Ashton.

The mock-up rooms include a patient room; operating room; trauma bay; labor delivery, recovery and postpartum room; emergency bay; and an infusion bay.

While most of the rooms are cardboard mock-ups that allow users to test out the design and function, the patient room was built out of various types of drywall and even fitted with electricity. This allows team members to test the strength of the drywall, experiment with lighting options and even sample paint colors.

Health campus project leaders say the all-private patient rooms will feature a family zone, with a sleeper sofa and a large window to maximize daylight and views of nature. A private bathroom will be located close to the patient bed with a handrail to help prevent falls.

“In the end, one of our guiding principles is to optimize the patient experience and to create quality and delivery of service that is far reaching above what we have today,” said Ashton.

Tour groups also learned the new emergency department will be more than double the size of the current facility with 30 private treatment bays, including a behavioral health suite.

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 brand new 440,000 square foot health campus just off Route 1 in Sussex County. Designed for the next 100 years, it will incorporate the latest technology and best-practice design elements to enhance the quality of life for the southern Delaware community.

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Warehouse with cardboard mock rooms