Beebe Healthcare expanding

LEWES — Beebe Healthcare plans to spend $180 million on expanding services on three Sussex County campuses, the board of directors announced this week.
Construction on the first phase of the expansion could begin by the fall of 2018.

The organization plans to expand its Lewes hospital campus to create private rooms for complex medical and surgical inpatients. The expansion will include a new labor and delivery wing.

The campus will remain the site of heart and vascular care, and to that end, the plans include creation of a dedicated heart, stroke and vascular center of excellence.

In Rehoboth Beach, Bebee intends to develop a specialty surgical center for inpatient and outpatient procedures. Surgical procedures will be focused on less complex cases for patients requiring a shorter inpatient stay, and Beebe will establish a minimally invasive surgical center at the site.

In Millville, Beebe will build a health campus with a new emergency department. In addition, a comprehensive satellite facility of Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center will be developed to support the diagnostic imaging, physical rehabilitation services, laboratory and walk-in care currently offered in Millville on Del. 26.

A portion of the estimated $180 million the organization plans to spend will come from charitable contributions to the Beebe Medical Foundation.

“We have so many grateful patients in this community, many who have given back to Beebe in one form or another. With our advanced thanks, the community’s philanthropic support will be critical to bring this vision to life,” Judy Aliquo, president of Beebe Medical Foundation, said in a statement.

More details will be released over the next few months.

“Beebe Healthcare has continued to grow and expand over the last 101 years,” board of directors Chairman William Swain Lee said in a statement. “To continue to serve our community, this next step is essential.

“In 1916, Beebe was a two-room hospital. What will we look like 100 years from now? It is hard to say; however, what we do know is that our community is growing and we need to grow along with it to continue to provide the most advanced medical care for those who live, work, worship and visit us here in Sussex County.”

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