Rendering of ER and Trauma Center

An Inside Look at the Emergency and Trauma Center, Sussex Campus

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Bayhealth Sussex Campus

When the Bayhealth Emergency and Trauma Center, Sussex Campus (ED) opens in February 2019, it will be nearly three times as big as the current Bayhealth Milford Memorial ED, and all patients will be centralized in one location rather than split into a main ED and “fast track”. It will have a total of 30 bays, including two designated trauma bays with the capacity to hold two patients each. The new ED will also feature increased privacy and security, recliners (also known as vertical beds), a new behavioral health suite, and easier access to the Operating Room (OR) and Imaging.

Behavioral Health Suite Located in the ED

“We are very excited to have a dedicated behavioral health suite in the new ED,” says Julianne Wysocki, DO, medical director of the Bayhealth Milford Memorial ED. “The new space will be quieter for patients. The environment will be more secure and stable for the patient as well.” The addition of the behavioral health suite will also increase privacy and security for all patients.

Additional Security for all Patients

The new ED will also have a security guard posted outside in the lobby, and it will be badge access, further improving security for patients and staff.

Easier Access to Operating Room and Imaging

There will be elevators near the ED that go directly to the OR, while Imaging will be located close by; both of these features will save time when treating patients. “For example, having a closer relationship with Imaging is great for acute stroke patients,” says Dr. Wysocki. “Additionally, this set up should make work flow easier for specialists who have to come in for consults with patients.”

Employed Doctors

Bayhealth recently began employing the doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work in all three of its Emergency Centers versus using them on an independent, contracted basis. This change has resulted in more staffing and a better patient experience and flow, which is why utilizing employed staff will remain at the new ED when it opens.

Added Space                       

Dr. Wysocki says the ability to do certain procedures at the bedside, room for diagnostic equipment, and the ability to care for multiple injuries in a trauma situation are other key benefits of the additional space in the new Emergency and Trauma Center, Sussex Campus.

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