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i iII1:~ 14 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette $250 million facility will replace Milford Memorial Hospital By Maddy Lauria Bayhealth is in the beginning maddy@capegazette.com stages of planning and design, and Murphy said specific designs A $250 million medical cam- of the new facility are not yet pus is coming to Sussex County available. in 2018, when Bayhealth replaces Bayhealth spokeswoman Kim Milford Memorial Hospital with Wilkins said it is expected to a new facility at a new location, have the same number of beds Bayhealth CEO Terry Murphy - 168 - as Milford Memorial but announced to state and commu- that number could change. nity leaders gathered at Carlisle Murphy described the new Fire Company in Milford Nov. campus as a state-of-the-art hos- 18 that the new health campus pital, with an outpatient complex will be built on a 150-acre plot with full diagnostics, private offRoute 1, at Wilkins and Cedar rooms for all patients and phy- Creek roads, sician offices for primary care "We believe it's a forward- doctors and specialists. thinking solution needed to build Murphy said ground will be healthier families in this growing broken in the second half of 2015, region," Murphy said. and the hospital is expected to open to patients by 2018. "This is just a win on so many levels," said Gov. Jack Markell. He said the economic development potential provided by the hospi- tal's new location will be a huge selling point for Milford. Bayhealth Chief Financial Officer Michael Tretina said Bayhealth has $200 million saved for the new project; the funds were collected through savings from operational costs. The re- maining $50 million will come from fundraising, he said, and any difference will be borrowed. Community input on the future of Clarke Avenue Markell also commended Bay- health leaders for their efforts to work with the community during the development of plans and designs for both the new facility and Clarke Avenue hospital. Previously, Bayhealth had planned to rebuild Milford Memorial Hospital on its current footprint, but the com- pany ultimately went with a recommendation from Navigant, a consulting healthcare research firm, to build on a new site. Murphy said the fate of the current Milford Memorial Hos- pital on Clarke Avenue, built in 1938, is in the hands of the com- munity. Bayhealth currently is contacting firms with expertise in adaptive reuse with the plan to select a firm by the end of this year. The f'mn will work in conjunc- tion with community groups, state and local legislators, busi- nesses and local residents to reimagine the future of the Continued on page 19 Do You Experience ... Back & Neck Pain? Tension in the Shoulders? Headaches? Insomnia? Poor Digestion? Numbness & Tingling in the Arms? Leg & Foot Pain? Specializing In... Relief from Pain, Stress, Tension, Fatigue, Insomnia Back Acupressure Hot Stone Bodywork Foot Reflexology Chinese Herbal Foot Bath Gift Certificates. Couples/Friends Walk.ins Welcome Open 7 Days a Week 9am- 6pm 1 S323 Lighthouse Plaza Blvd., Unit 6, Behind QVC on Rt. 1, Rehoboth Beach 302-226-8868 MADDY LAURIA PHOTO A NEW IMAGINEDE sign marks a 150-acre parcel at the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek roads where Bayhealth plans to build a new $2S0 million medical facility. i il ! Bring in this ad fora 7 DAY GUEST PASS to use in Exercise your right to fight hunger with the Y & the Food Bank of Delaware Bring 5 cans of food to the Sussex Family YMCA by November 30th and we'll waive the joiner fee. Financial Assistance Available ymcade.org rt)od!' llllk