Work will begin on pavilion for Nanticoke Health Services

By Lynn R. Parks

Nanticoke Health Services held a groundbreaking ceremony last week, to mark the start of construction of its new Nanticoke health pavilion. The pavilion will be built on Nanticoke's Mears Campus, at the corner of alternate U.S. 13 and Herring Run Road.

The two-story, 33,000-square-foot pavilion will house offices for the primary-care and specialty-care doctors and nurse practitioners who are part of the Nanticoke Physician Network and who are located in the Seaford area. That will put doctors in the same complex where diagnostic imaging, labs and rehabilitation services are located. Nanticoke Immediate Care, which is also at the Mears Campus, will remain there.

"Combining all of these services in one location makes it easier for patients to access the care that they need," Nanticoke president and CEO Steve Rose said. "Patients will be able to see their care providers in the same convenient location where they access other services."

Construction on the building is expected to get under way by the start of October and to be completed in about 18 months.

Expected cost is between $6 million and $7 million. Part of that cost will be paid by a $1.5 million loan from the Delaware Development Office.

The remainder will come from proceeds from Nanticoke's 2011 sale of LifeCare at Lofland Park nursing and rehabilitation center to Genesis HealthCare.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Rose said that the pavilion is part of Nanticoke's effort to meet standards laid out in the Affordable Care Act to focus on preventative care and better care coordination. The health services provider has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, meaning that it puts patients at the center of care, focuses on wellness and prevention of illness, helps patients better manage health conditions and works to remove barriers to successful treatment.

The new building will be constructed where the Mears Campus stormwater management pond currently is. The parking lot and main entrance to the Mears complex will remain where it is; patients will still turn to the right to go to the immediate care rooms and to the left to go the rehabilitation offices. They will walk straight to access the offices in the pavilion.

Nanticoke health pavilions are also in the works in Georgetown and Laurel. The Georgetown facility, 505 W. Market St., is expected to open later this month. The Laurel facility is expected to open in late October.

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