DuPont’s cornerstone gift in 2011 to the historic transformation of Christiana Care Health System’s Wilmington Hospital has culminated in the renovation and reorganization of the Gateway Building, with six floors of outpatient health and wellness services.
On June 4 Christiana Care Health System recognized DuPont’s extraordinary commitment to healthy citizens and communities in Delaware at a special ceremony in the Wilmington Hospital atrium.
“DuPont’s exceptional gift served as a cornerstone of our Wilmington Hospital transformation,” said Christiana CarePresident and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH. “DuPont’s generous support of this important project exemplifies its dedication to Delaware’s economic, cultural and civic life, and the health and well-being of our community. The investment in our Wilmington campus enables us to offer leading-edge preventive and wellness services, ensuring that Delawareans receive the highest level of care and comfort.”
DuPont is a long-time supporter of Christiana Care, with gifts for the expansion of Christiana Hospital and the establishment of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.
“With our mutual dedication to the well-being of our community, DuPont and Christiana Care are partners in making Delaware a better, healthier place to live,” said DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman. “We recognize the tremendous role Wilmington Hospital has played in the community for more than 120 years, and we are excited to be part of this historic transformation.”
DuPont’s commitment to the Wilmington Hospital transformation advanced the outpatient health care services in Wilmington Hospital’s Gateway Building. With both primary and specialty care services, the Gateway Building is open with some renovations to be completed this year. Health care providers focus on patient- and family-centered care. The proximity between primary care and specialty care creates a collaborative environment that benefits communication, wellness initiatives and treatment.
DuPont’s generous support of this important project exemplifies its dedication to Delaware’s economic, cultural and civic life, and the health and well-being of our community.
“Our Gateway Building is just that — a gateway to health and wellness services to people of all ages and diverse medical needs,” said Edmondo J. Robinson, M.D., MBA, FACP, senior vice president and executive director of Christiana Care Health System – Wilmington and associate chief medical officer.
Now open in the Gateway Building are:
- Specialty care services including neurology, physiatry, rheumatology and women’s health.
- An infusion center for chemotherapy and other treatments for chronic illnesses.
- The First State School, a pioneering educational model, giving children and adolescents who would otherwise be homebound with serious illnesses the opportunity to attend school with their peers while receiving the medical treatment they need.
When renovations are complete this year, the Gateway Building also will include specialty care in cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary health and weight management.
The Gateway Building is the keystone of the Wilmington Hospital transformation, which has created:
- An expanded Emergency Department that has doubled in size.
- The Rocco A. Abessinio Family Wilmington Health Center.
- A new surgical suite, including 13 operating rooms and four procedure rooms.
- A new intensive-care unit.
- An expanded, 30-bed unit for the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement.
- More private patient rooms.
A new main lobby entry repositioned on Jefferson Street, with an enclosed garage named for the Wilmington Campus Executive Campaign Committee co-chairs Gary and Lear Pfeiffer.
Gary Pfeiffer, who chairs the Christiana Care Board of Directors, called the Wilmington Hospital Campus “Christiana Care Health System’s anchor since 1888. … The transformation defines our commitment to serve our community and to ensure that our neighbors can access and receive the highest level of care and comfort for decades to come.”