Groundbreaking for Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department

Groundbreaking for Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department

aerial view of middletown emergency department site
Christiana Care Health System will construct a freestanding emergency department on this site in Middletown.

A ceremony for the groundbreaking of Christiana Care Health System’s new Middletown Freestanding Emergency Department will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the site of Route 299 and Brick Mill Road in Middletown, Del.

This new emergency department brings quality urgent health care services to the residents of Southern New Castle County and Northern Kent County. Currently, patients living in that area can face an average of 25 minute drives to local hospital emergency departments.

The 36,500-square-foot facility will be located on a 108-acre parcel of land. The facility will include 18 treatment bays and eight observation-unit beds staffed by board-certified physicians and specially trained nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The emergency department will be able to handle 86,000-plus residents. About 90 new jobs will be created as a result of the new facility.

Bob Laskowski, M.D., CEO and president of Christiana Care Health System, will speak at the event. Also speaking will be Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, Middletown Mayor Kenneth L. Branner and Charles L. Reese, M.D., chairman of Christiana Care’s Department of Emergency Medicine and director of Christiana Care’s Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Update (Nov. 29): Projected numbers for residents served and new jobs created were revised upward based on new information.