Bayhealth has been constructing new rooms on the third floor of Kent General's Pavilion since March.
Bayhealth has been constructing new rooms on the third floor of Kent General’s Pavilion since March.
This week, Bayhealth’s vice president of corporate support services sat down with a group Kent County residents to talk about what the $15.5 million floor will look like when the work is finished in January.
“The third floor is going to be a 32 bed intermediate care unit,” Mike Metzing told the nearly 50 people who attended a STEPS for Healthy Aging lecture at the hospital on Tuesday. “It will be all private rooms with four bariatric rooms. Then we are building a fourth floor shell.”
When the Pavilion was added at Kent General two years ago, the shell of a third floor was built on top of the two floors that are currently occupied. From the outside, the shell floor looked like a normal part of the building, but was empty on the inside, just waiting to be outfitted with rooms.
Bayhealth announced earlier this year that the floor would be built out as an intermediate care (IMC) unit, which would house patients, who do not require critical care but are yet ready to be moved to another unit.
Metzing said Tuesday that the IMC unit would help to cut down emergency room wait times.
“We know that IMC unit is going to be packed on day one,” he said. “The majority of the holds we have in the [emergency department] are from IMC, patients who are not quiet critical but don’t quite fit into medical surgical either.”
Emergency room wait times have been a challenge for Bayhealth recently.
For instance, Metzing said, he was told at 4:30 on Monday that the emergency room was full, 21 patients were on hold to be admitted and patients were waiting to be discharged. That resulted in patients having to wait more than four hours to be seen in the emergency room, he said.
Kent General then had to divert patients to another hospital until 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, when wait times stood at an hour and 48 minutes, Metzing said.
The third floor won’t be the last addition to the Pavillion, he said. The building is planned to one day include 10 floors, with nine used for patient beds and one as a mechanical floor.
By the time it is finished it will be the tallest building in Dover, Metzing said.
Patients are scheduled to begin moving into the Pavilion’s new 30,000-square-foot, third floor in February.
In the meantime, another shell floor is being added on top of the third floor, with cranes lifting steel beams up to the future fourth-floor on weekends.
Adding more patient rooms also means that more parking is needed, Metzing said.
Later this year, a new, 125-space staff parking lot will be added at the Skoll property on the other side of State Street, next to Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Milford resident Alisha Gantt, one of those in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting, said Metzing’s presentation was informative.
“I’m glad that they’ll be able to do this,” she said. “But it is going to cost.”