by Terry Rogers
After purchasing the former Milford Memorial Hospital on Clarke Avenue, Nationwide Health Services made numerous changes to the building, updating equipment and reconfiguring some of the hallways to meet the needs of their tenants. Now known as Milford Wellness Village, the campus is home to several health-related businesses including Aquacare, Champions for Children’s Health, Polaris and many more. Accordingly, the administration of the Milford Wellness Village led members of the Carlisle Fire Company on a tour, not only of the interior of the building, but also behind the scenes.
“As you know, we purchased it from Bayhealth in 2019 and today we are looking at approximately 210,000 square feet of space, much of which is leased to tenants,” said Nationwide CEO Meir Gelley. Health Systems. “Bob Musak is our facilities manager, and he’s the guy you’ll really want to get to know. We just want to make sure you have a good view of this campus.
Gelley also explained that there is 24/7 security in the building with an office located in the same location as when Milford Memorial Hospital was in the old ward. emergency. After a light lunch, the firefighters split into several groups to tour the facilities.
The men saw the lift and provided details of how to move it from floor to floor in an emergency. The next stop was in the boiler room where Musak explained that the boilers were oil-fired but they hoped to convert to natural gas in the future as it was cheaper. He pointed to the boiler shut-off valves in case of emergency.
“The chillers have been removed because we’re putting units on the roof that don’t need them,” Musak said. “We have two main generators and if we lose power they will come on simultaneously and you will know when they do as they are noisy. We do weekly and monthly tests as well as monthly load tests on each unit Musak also showed firefighters where the generator kill switches were to avoid trouble if there was water in the area.
One issue pointed out by firefighters was that there was only one safe located on one side of the building. After the visit, they spoke to Gelley, explaining to him that they needed boxes in several places given the size of the building. This would allow them much quicker access to the area of the troubled building.
“Many of you recognize that this is the old emergency department,” Musak said as he walked into another section of the hospital. “It’s still the security office, but now it’s the adult PACE program. They just got all their approvals and they’re hoping to have people here at the end of the month.
Inside the area was a small kitchen with steamer trays, fridge, microwave, stove and dishwasher. Musak said the stove and dishwasher were not operational and were being used to help adults who may have mobility issues regain the ability to load a dishwasher or put a pan on a stove. He said that when the building was at capacity there could be up to 3,500 people inside because there were two child care centers as well as an assisted living facility. The group also toured the Grier building which once housed a nursing school and later administration.
“We sometimes have smoke heads coming out from construction dust,” Musak said. “But we regularly test the system. In certain areas of the building there are quite a few detectors and when they go off it will be very loud in those sections. I can stand in an area and count between 9 and 15 detectors in a room. »
The tour of the building turned out to be well timed. Later that evening an automatic alarm went off at the Milford Wellness Village which required the intervention of a fire company, although there did not appear to be an emergency.