Wilmington, Del.-Area Hospitals Turn to Expansions and Improvements to Keep Patients Closer to Home
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of healthcare market intelligence, reports that Wilmington, Del.-area hospitals, faced with competition from major medical research centers in Philadelphia and Baltimore, have been busy shoring up their service offerings, adding technology and increasing their participation in clinical trials. According to the newly released Wilmington Market Overview report, medical service expansions in the Wilmington market have helped stem the tide of patients heading outside of the market for medical treatment.
According to the report, Christiana Care Health System rolled out a bar-coding system to track the administration of medication to patients at Wilmington Hospital in 2007, and is on track to install the technology at Christiana Hospital by the third quarter of 2008. In addition, physicians at the health system’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center began using a CyberKnife system in 2007 to shrink or kill tumors without using invasive surgery. This is the only such system in Delaware. Also, St. Francis Hospital added a da Vinci surgical robot to its operating suites in 2006; Christiana Care added the system in 2007.
Hospitals locally and statewide are expanding their cancer-care facilities due to the state’s high rate of cancer, which is above the national average. In April 2008 state officials identified eight clusters where the incidence of cancer is 10 percent to 45 percent higher than normal. By 2009 a $45 million expansion will centralize much of Christiana Care’s cancer treatment services. Meanwhile, St. Francis Hospital has added a gynecological oncologist to its women’s health services staff.
“Wilmington, Del. is located in the shadow of Philadelphia and its massive healthcare and medical research market, but these expansions and technology investments are allowing Wilmington to compete for business,” states Carolyn McMeekin, director of Market Overview Analysis for HealthLeaders-InterStudy.
On the research front, Christiana Care and Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital will join researchers from the University of Delaware in monitoring the health of 1,100 children in New Castle County from before birth to age 21 years. The long-term National Institutes of Health study hopes to collect information to help treat, or even prevent, several pediatric conditions including autism, diabetes and obesity.
About the Wilmington Market Overview
This year’s Wilmington Market Overview is a new report offered by HealthLeaders-InterStudy. In response to reader requests, and in recognition of the diverse and changing nature of this metropolitan statistical area’s components, the new Wilmington Market Overview report presents in greater depth the counties that were previously covered as part of our Philadelphia Market Overview.
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