Nurses, healthcare professionals and elected officials from throughout Delaware watched Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children reach new heights Aug. 23.
More than 800 people attended the facility’s “sky-breaking” event in Wilmington to kick off the hospital’s $260 million expansion project.
Phase I of the project, which will include construction of a five-story patient care building, will add 450,000 square feet to the hospital campus and adjoin the current hospital building.
The Aug. 23 event included two local fire department ladder trucks raising a Nemours banner hundreds of feet into the sky.
“With this expansion, we have the opportunity to create an environment that enhances patient care, supports families, provides the latest in technology and supports collaboration and communication,” CEO Kevin B. Churchwell told attendees.Top: Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children employees and patients’ families celebrate the “sky breaking” during its kickoff event Aug. 23 for a $260 million expansion. • Middle: The new patient care building in Wilmington, Del., will feature a five-story atrium. • Bottom: The project will add 450,000 square feet to the hospital campus.
Phase I of the construction, which will help the hospital advance its Delaware state trauma designation from Level II to Level I, is expected to be completed in fall 2013. Occupancy of the new building is planned for early 2014.
Amenities for nurses and caregivers will include a new ED, a conference room on every unit, a helipad on top of the current building, a computer in every room for patient documentation, alcoves for wheelchairs, linens and portable X-ray, separate elevators for patient care and visitors, access to an electronic health record system and 24-bed patient care communities with three eight-patient “nursing neighborhoods,” each with a team station.
The new building also will have a five-story atrium with natural sunlight, expansion of the ED from 29 to 44 bays and serenity gardens.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), and U.S. Rep. John Carney (D-Del.) joined Nemours employees, patients and families at the event.