Nemours still plans to open its new Milford campus on Nov. 4, despite the COVID-29 pandemic that has caused problems throughout the healthcare system.
Colleen Davis of Nemours updated the Milford City Council Monday on the progress of the new Sussex facility.
“As you all are aware, we decided to expand services in this area based on input from patients, community leaders and physicians,” Davis said. “The new location will allow us to co-locate specialty, therapy and imaging services with our primary care and SeniorCare services.”
The new building is almost 40,000 square feet. Nemours will occupy the first floor while Bayhealth uses the other floors for medical offices.
Davis provided renderings of what the interior of the building would look like once it was completed.
The lobby will have a community meeting room that has the capability of being divided into two smaller rooms.
“Although our associates will use the conference rooms for meetings, we do want to make it available for community groups who may need a space to meet,” Davis said.
Kaisey’s Delight opened in the lobby earlier this year and is feeding contractors now and will be offering catering services in the building if needed. Public bus stops on campus will make it easier for those using public transportation.
The SeniorCare department will have its own entrance, eliminating the need for seniors to walk through the pediatric section.
Nemours expects 35 current staff transfer to the new location and plans to create more than 20 additional jobs.
“We currently have about 10,000 patients in Kent and Sussex Counties,” Davis said. “The current pediatric population in those counties is 46,000, so we are excited to bring these services to the community.”
The hospital expects to its Certificate of Occupancy in September, she said.
“That puts us right on track to open in November,” Davis said.
Plans for a grand opening have been tentatively moved to spring.
“Hopefully, by then, the fears of COVID will be reduced or there will be a vaccine,” Davis said. “The weather will be nicer and the top two floors of Bayhealth will be more complete.”
Davis said pediatric primary care, gastroenterology and SeniorCare would open in November. Nemours has delayed opening pediatric urgent care, Davis said.