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Imagine more than a hospital.

In 2019, an innovative health campus will open for the people of Delaware. The new health campus project in Milford will include an inpatient hospital with state-of-the-art technology, patient friendly access and private rooms designed around patient needs. Complemented by a robust array of finely coordinated outpatient and diagnostic services, the new health campus creates a unique patient experience. It will be built with the vision of providing expert comprehensive health care to the community for many decades to come, throughout each stage of life—and all in one easily accessible location.

This site is your single source for information on the Bayhealth Campus project as well as the planning to reimagine the Clarke Avenue facility that currently houses Milford Memorial Hospital. Follow our progress and most importantly—give us your ideas for building a new Bayhealth. We’re looking for input on every detail that you can imagine.

  • Conveniently located just off of Route 1 along Wilkins and Cedar Creek Roads in Milford.
  • Construction on an open plot of 165 acres with minimum community disruption.
  • Bayhealth and generous foundation supporters are investing more than $250 million into the community.
  • Bringing new jobs in health care and construction to Delaware.
  • Room to expand services for the needs of a growing community.
  • Convenient access to a wide range of coordinated outpatient services and physician offices that includes primary care, specialists and diagnostic testing.
  • The new health campus will be designed around the patient, with private rooms and state-of-the-art technology.
  • New emergency department with faster, easier access for patients and ambulances from Route 1.
  • Access to forward-thinking expertise as the innovative new health campus will attract and keep the best talent in health care.
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The Community Responds

Since revealing our plans to build a new health campus, we’ve been asking the community for input—and we are thrilled with the response. See more community feedback here.

Very excited with this new plan and impressed that the planners could acknowledge problems with the previous course, change and move forward. I imagine true privacy,efficiency, healthy food, health promotion and research!

Currently in the process of moving to DE from Long Island, hearing this news was very exciting. Getting close to retirement, having a top medical facility like what is planned is very important to me and my wife. I would like to see an emphasis on cardio. I would also like to see a bigger emphasis on preventive care, healthy life styles and some sort of education classes especially focused on older folks. Things like preventing and treating Alzheimer’s.

Reimagine the Clarke Avenue Facility

Redevelopment Approach

Community involvement has been at the core of Milford Memorial Hospital’s history. As the community grew, so did the hospital, and the Clarke Avenue facility has evolved to meet the challenges that were brought about by those changes. As we endeavor to imagine the future of health care delivery for Milford on our new health campus, we are equally as excited to understand how our Clarke Avenue Facility can be re-imagined. Community involvement is at the center of our approach to determining how best to repurpose this site.

We have selected a firm that specializes in adapting facilities. Their expertise will help us find a purpose for the Clarke Avenue facility that benefits the community. We will share the firm’s name upon the completion of contract details.

In the fall of 2015, we will begin to hold workshops to engage community members, business owners, city officials, and other interested parties to reimagine the future of the Clarke Avenue facility. In the end it is our desire to develop and enact a plan that echoes and amplifies the community’s thoughts and helps to further Milford’s efforts to be a complete and thriving community.

What is a Complete Community?

In December of 2012, the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration in collaboration with the City of Milford, the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination and the Delaware Department of Transportation published the study, Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware: Summary Report to the City of Milford, “Milford Complete Community.”

A Complete Community incorporates elements that contribute to the quality and character of the places where people live, work, move and thrive.

  • Living – to create and preserve communities that provide affordable housing, integrated transportation systems, and quality education
  • Working – to enhance regional economic prosperity through jobs, training and education, accessible to people, while designed to retain and attract new businesses
  • Moving – to promote increasing and improving movement around the region using public transit, energy efficient cars, and encouraging walking and bicycling to achieve better physical well-being
  • Thriving – to support communities that provide access to healthy food options, arts, recreation, and entertainment, which make us happy and feel meaningful through active civic engagement

How Can You Get Involved?

If you would like to be a part of the workshops and process to re-imagine our Clarke Avenue facility, please fill out the electronic form “Get Involved” above and we will keep you informed about the process and invite you to the workshops once they are scheduled. We look forward to working with you to make a better Milford for all of us.

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An Inside Look

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bayhealth is pleased to announce the construction of an innovative new health campus in Sussex County that will begin serving the greater communities of central and southern Delaware in 2019. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below to learn more about the new health campus project and the plans for the Clarke Avenue facility.

The new health campus project will include an inpatient hospital with state-of-the-art technology, a new emergency department, patient friendly access and private rooms designed around patient needs. Complemented by a robust array of finely coordinated outpatient services and physician offices, the health campus creates a unique patient experience. It will be built with the vision of providing expert comprehensive health care to the community for many decades to come, throughout each stage of life—and all in one easily accessible location.

This website will be the central hub of information about the new facility from today through completion in 2019.

Both health care and the needs of our patient communities are changing. As the community grows, families need and deserve the highest quality care based on the latest technology and learning. Services that previously were provided in a hospital are now best delivered through outpatient care. Our diligent research, patient feedback and knowledge of health care tell us that our patient families need more than a hospital. A health campus allows us to meet the growing needs of the community and continue to incorporate best practices and technology as healthcare evolves. A modern health campus is a solution that delivers quality care for the next 100 years. The existing 22 acre site would not accommodate the growth that will need to occur to meeting the future health care needs of the community.
While the new health campus in Milford will include a state-of-the-art inpatient hospital, the difference is that the hospital is complemented by a wide array of outpatient services such as primary care, specialists, diagnostic testing and medical staff offices—all at one location. It gives patients convenient access to comprehensive, expert care.
In addition to traditional hospital services and a new emergency department, the new health campus will include a large outpatient care focus with convenient access to physicians and diagnostic services. The array of services offered at the health campus will be much more diverse and expansive compared to what the community can access today.

Specific services are still being shaped as the new health campus project develops and the community is encouraged to provide input.

The new health campus in Milford will be designed and built around the needs of our patients. Among the many patient benefits, highlights will include:

Improved Access and Convenience
Patients will be able to access and navigate the grounds of the new health campus easily and have access to forward-thinking expertise from physician specialists to lab and diagnostic testing—all at one convenient location.

A Better Patient Experience
With the friendly care brought by the familiar values of Milford Memorial Hospital, patients at the new health campus will also have a modern facility with comfortable common areas, easier internal navigation and private rooms.

Advanced Technology
The new health campus will be designed and built with the footprint and infrastructure needed to continuously incorporate the latest technology in treatments and information. Through technology, patients achieve better outcomes. They are more comfortable, better informed and enjoy a smoother process and patient experience.

Advanced Emergency Services
The new health campus will include a new Emergency Department with better patient facilities and processing. Emergency services and patients will have faster and more convenient access from Route 1.

Access to Health Care Expertise
This modern new health campus will attract and retain top health care talent at every level. From expert physicians to award winning nurses and friendly support staff, the health campus will put patients into the hands of the best people in the region.

Naming a community asset such as this is very important and requires a longer, inclusive process. As we are just in the initial phases of shaping the new health campus project, the official name will be determined at a later date with more input from the community and medical professionals. Until that time, we are simply referring to it as “The New Health Campus Project”. The new health campus in Milford will open in 2019. We will continuously update the community on the progress of the new health campus project and the Clarke Avenue facility.
The new health campus will be located along Wilkins Road and Cedar Creek Road in Milford. This location allows easy access off of the brand new Route 30 bypass, directly linking into south Milford. With health care being delivered more and more on an outpatient basis, the campus needed to be built on a site with excellent access and room to expand. The growth and related changes in our community require a campus that can meet the current and future needs of the greater Sussex community.
The existing hospital was built over time beginning in 1938 and is constrained by dated infrastructure. The community has since grown around it, leaving a small footprint to work with and limited future growth potential. With more health care services delivered on an outpatient basis, the selected site needed to bring inpatient and outpatient services together. The 22 acre Clarke Avenue location could not accommodate this need. Construction on the existing site would have taken longer to complete at a greater cost while disrupting the surrounding neighborhood and patient access for many years. With room only to build toward the sky, a tall building would not fit into the neighborhood. Any expanded facility would have increased community traffic gridlock. Our research included detailed consideration of utilizing the Clarke Avenue facility but the needs of the community and the complications of building there illustrated the need to explore a new location.
The Board of Directors approved a recommendation for an independent analysis to find the best location and service model to serve the community. As good stewards of our limited resources, we wanted to be sure they investigated all options available, especially given our significant financial investment and long-term commitment to improve the health of the community. As part of this process and to gain valuable independent insights, we worked with Navigant, a health care research firm, to conduct a thorough evaluation and analysis of all the options to best serve Sussex County, in an effort to improve our region’s health care. The unanimous recommendation from all involved was to build a new health campus in Milford at a different location.
Over the next four years, Bayhealth will work with the State, City and the people of the Milford community to re-imagine what this location can be to improve lives in Milford. Bayhealth will remain transparent and continuously update the community about the future of the Clarke Avenue facility as these details emerge. We have selected a firm that specializes in adapting facilities. Their expertise will help us find a purpose for the Clarke Avenue facility that benefits the community. Adaptive reuse firms generally use a process that involves many people, including community members. We will share the firm’s name upon the completion of contract details. Updates on the future of the Clarke Avenue facility will be provided at this website.
Bayhealth will continue to recognize and engage the families and businesses of Milford that have contributed to the success of Milford Memorial for more than 70 years. The warm and passionate values from Memorial Hospital will continue to serve patients at the new health campus. The legacy of Milford Memorial Hospital is not ending. It’s starting a bright new chapter and extending its gift to the greater community.
Bayhealth and its generous foundation supporters are investing more than $250 million into the community with the new health campus project in Milford.
As a not-for-profit health care system, Bayhealth has been allocating revenue for the new health campus project. This revenue will be complemented with bonds and generous donor support to fund the new health campus project.
This health campus project in Milford will be designed using a LEAN design process. LEAN is focused on design efficiency with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety. A well-designed facility will result in better clinical outcomes, reduced cost and higher patient satisfaction.
As a greenfield project (a site constructed on open, undeveloped land), there is minimal impact with construction—especially when compared to the complications of the original plan to build a replacement hospital at the Clarke Avenue facility. As a result of the project, utility and transportation infrastructure in the surrounding areas will be strengthened.
A project of this size will bring construction jobs and dollars to the community. The expansion of health care services means more job opportunities. A modern health campus placed on Route 1 among such growing communities could act as a catalyst for growth and become a hub of the region to help attract dynamic businesses and new residential growth.
Our employees, physicians and the community are invited to visit this website regularly for updates on our progress. This site also provides visitors with the ability to offer their thoughts and ideas through an online suggestion box. In early 2015, advisory groups will be formed to help with the design of the new facilities. More information on the formation of these groups will be available here in early 2015.

If your question was not addressed here, please reach out to us and we will be happy to help. Physician feedback is crucial to project planning. Physician’s are invited to submit their questions and insights on a separate form, located here.