To Your Health
Wilmington takes care of everyone though innovative public service and world-class hospitals. Here’s how.
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When Jim Horty of Wilmington learned he had prostate cancer, he drove to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to speak with a surgeon about a prostatectomy. “Why are you up here when you can have it done there?” the surgeon asked. He then told Horty about Wilmington surgeon Francis Schanne’s excellent work with the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System at St. Francis Hospital—the same system used at UPenn.
Many people don’t realize the outstanding healthcare available to them in Wilmington until they’re faced with a serious medical condition. From the tertiary care of Christiana Care Wilmington and the community hospital of St. Francis to the comprehensive care of Westside Family Healthcare and Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, the healthcare community in Wilmington is world class.
The medical community strives continually to find better ways to serve the public through outreach, prevention and treatment programs; through seminars and support groups; by employing innovative technologies; and by expanding and improving facilities. Here’s what they’re up to lately.
Christiana Care Wilmington
Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th St., Wilmington
The larger tertiary care hospital in town is Christiana Care Wilmington at 501 W. 14th St.—and it will soon be even larger. The campus is undergoing a $205 million renovation that will increase the campus to more than 1 million square feet.
There will be new medical offices, new surgical suites, a new intensive care unit and 30 new single-patient rooms, all housed in a new 51,000-square-foot office building and a nine-story, 286,000-square-foot tower,
“Christiana Care’s Wilmington campus has decades of history of caring for the people of Wilmington, but the $205 million investment into the facility is an extraordinary demonstration of our commitment to the community,” says Dr. Janice Nevin, senior vice president and executive director for the hospital. “It’s really an investment in the future of the city of Wilmington.”
With 1,900 employees, Christiana Care Wilmington is the city’s fourth largest employer. “We have an incredible staff, many of whom have worked at Wilmington for a long time and love it here,” says Nevin. The number of employees will increase by 600 upon the completion of the renovation.
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