WHAT WE’VE REPORTED Roughly two years ago, Bayhealth Medical Center announced their plans to open a 24-hour Emergency Department at the Bayhealth Smyrna-Clayton Medical Service campus located on the corner of Carter Road and Wheatley’s Pond Road (Route 300).
Bayhealth received approval for these plans in September from the Delaware Health Resources Board, who unanimously approved the application. With the approved plans, the department will be an expansion on the current building and will include an eight-bed emergency department.
THE UPDATE Bayhealth along with state, county and local representatives came together Monday for the groundbreaking of the new $3.4 million Emergency Department at the Smyrna-Clayton Medical Services building.
Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy was on hand to speak at the event.
“What we’ve seen with the growth of the Smyrna community is a heavy need of a growth and demand for emergency services. Just this last year we’ve experienced a great increase in the number of citizens in the Smyrna and Clayton communities that require emergency services that right now have to travel to Dover to receive those services,” Murphy said.
Last year, the ER in Dover saw roughly 6,300 patients from the Smyrna-Clayton area. Murphy explained that’s a 21 percent increase making it clear that a freestanding emergency department was long overdue; that’s 17 or 18 visits a day from residents in this area. With this facility in Smyrna, residents will no longer have to travel the estimated 25 to 30 minutes to receive emergency care from other locations.
Following the groundbreaking, Smyrna Mayor Pat Stombaugh said she was happy to see this project break ground.
“It’s finally coming to fruition and I’m grateful for that. The area desperately needs it,” Stombaugh said. “I unfortunately had to experience taking a friend to Bayhealth in Dover this weekend. It’s really needed in our town and I’m so happy it’s finally coming to fruition.”
WHAT’S NEXT Bayhealth expects to open the new facility later this year. The department will be equipped to treat a wide variety of emergent and non-emergent medical issues.
The new emergency department will feature a 20 member staff of nurses and other clinical personnel. A rapid triage will ensure that every patient is assessed and assigned to a nurse and physician quickly.
“We’re reiterating our commitment to saving lives here in Smyrna. I want to note that our story does not end here and as our Smyrna and Clayton communities continue to grow so will our services in this area to meet the growing needs,” Murphy said. “We look forward to bringing this much needed service to the Smyrna-Clayton communities.”
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