Hospital leaders gave their spin on the traditional groundbreaking ceremony by hosting a “sky-breaking” this morning at the Wilmington facility.
The event celebrated the start of construction on a 5-story, $260 million expansion. The new facility will expand the hospital by 450,000 square feet and include a new Emergency Department.
“We are committed to providing the highest-quality care for our children,” said Dr. Kevin Churchwell, CEO of Nemours/AI duPont Hospital. “With this expansion we have the opportunity to create an environment than enhances patient care, supports families, provides the latest in technology, and supports collaboration and communication.”
In addition to the extra space, the hospital’s main atrium will be reconfigured to create a Main Street that will improve navigation and help patients and families find their way around the facility.
Phase one of construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013, with occupancy of the new building expected in early 2014. The expansion will help the hospital transition it’s State Trauma designation from Level II to Level I.
A community open house is planned for October 10 from 6 pm to 8 pm for patients and their families, along with local residents, to learn more about the plans and have their questions answered. The hospital has also established a Nemours Expansion Hotline at 1-800-842-1900 to provide the latest updates on the expansion.