Building the Foundation of Healthcare Excellence

Bayhealth was created in January 1997 with the merger of Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital. Since that time, enormous strides in overall quality of care, physician/nursing recruitment, and patient-care outcomes have been made – improvements documented by independent accrediting and monitoring bodies.

While both institutions trace their roots to the early part of the last century, Bayhealth’s creation in 1997 was an important step in addressing the changing and expanding health needs of a growing regional population. In becoming a modern medical complex, Bayhealth has embraced the technological advances found in today’s healthcare systems, even as we continue to manage operating expenses and monitor cost-effectiveness.

Campaign for Bayhealth - Phase III

In November 2014, we shared plans to build a new health campus in Milford, Delaware. The project – which will redefine health care for Milford and surrounding areas – is scheduled to open in 2019. Positioned on a 165-acre property just off of Route 1, the health campus will allow Bayhealth to continue to serve Milford residents as it has for 77 years, while becoming even more accessible to others in the region.

From the beginning, Bayhealth’s goal was to maintain an open dialogue with people who will be impacted by the new health campus. Using our web site, we have been successful in collecting ideas, thoughts, and feedback from those who want to be part of the design process. Subscribers to were first to receive news of the selection of our architectural and engineering partner CannonDesign. In the spirit of continued collaboration, we are pleased to provide you with an update on our creative development and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our progress.

Final Land Acquired

Originally, Bayhealth had been able to acquire 150 acres of land for the health campus project. In recent months, additional acreage was acquired, bringing the total to more than 165 acres.

Selection of Whiting-Turner as Construction Manager

In April 2015, we completed the selection process of our core team of expert partners with the selection of CannonDesign and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Whiting-Turner will oversee dozens of subcontractor firms and more than 1,300 construction workers over the two-year construction schedule. For this project, they will utilize many of Delaware’s construction resources.

The Future of Clarke Avenue: Selection of Adaptive Reuse Experts

Milford Memorial has served the public since 1938. The hospital is not just a building – it is a place filled with countless memories and experiences. From the beginning, our plan for the new health campus included a strategy to ensure that the Clarke Avenue facility would be repurposed to continue to be a community asset.

We are pleased to inform you that we have selected Trammell Crow Company to plan the adaptive reuse of the Clarke Avenue facility. Trammell Crow has a national reputation for excellence in design and for creatively repurposing existing facilities.

How to Stay Informed

We encourage you to log on to to learn more about the new health campus and the reuse of the Clarke Avenue facility. You can sign-up for updates, submit your questions and ideas, and look at the frequently asked questions (FAQ) submitted by the community. Thousands of people have already visited the new website. is an excellent way to stay up-to-date on the latest health campus developments.

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