Plans for Milford Memorial Hospital’s $200 million overhaul are underway now that Bayhealth officials have announced that Philadelphia-based architectural, engineering firm EwingCole will design the hospital’s replacement facility.
While it has not yet been determined when the project will break ground, Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy said construction could begin by 2015. EwingCole is expected to complete its design within the next 18 months.
The expansion’s $200 million price tag represents the largest capital project investment in Kent or Sussex County, Milford Memorial Hospital Administrator Michael Ashton said.
“This full-service facility will be designed to help respond to the many challenges health care reform will present,” Ashton said.
The new hospital will be built on Milford Memorial’s existing 20-acre campus, Ashton said, and community members will have access to emergency services, intensive care, surgical services, diagnostic and imaging services, inpatient dialysis, OB/GYN and inpatient rehabilitation.
All patient rooms will be private, offering more space for family interaction and privacy, he added.
EwingCole was one of several architectural firms in the running for this project, said Bayhealth Board of Directors Chairman John Paradee. The firm was also involved in the expansion of Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital’s expansion in Dover.
“We saw a lot of excellent firms,” he said. “But Ewing Cole came out on top. They are the best of the best.”
Paradee said the selection process took about six to nine months.
“EwingCole is one of the leading firms of this type in the country,” he said. “Their experience and reputation were critical selling points.”
Milford City Manager Richard Carmean expressed his support for the project during a press conference Thursday.
“We are tickled that the rumors can stop,” he said. “People love this facility. They love the staff.”