Beebe Healthcare names interim CEO

LEWES — Beebe Healthcare and its board of directors announced Monday the departure of president and CEO Jeffrey Fried effective today.

David Herbert, chairman of the board of directors, commented, “We are all very grateful for Jeff’s many contributions in growing Beebe Healthcare to where it is today. Jeff has been a dedicated and passionate champion for providing the best healthcare possible here in Sussex County.

“From his first to his last day at Beebe, Jeff was committed to helping Beebe better serve the community. The board wishes to move ahead in new directions as Beebe enters into its next generation of providing excellent healthcare for the community. We thank him for his commitment and professionalism over the past 24 years and wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

The board has appointed Rick Schaffner, RN, as interim CEO. Mr. Schaffner, who has served as Beebe’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for seven years, plays a key role in the evolution of Beebe and is integral in developing and executing the Next Generation of Care plan for Beebe’s ongoing expansion strategies.

Beebe said its vision is for Sussex County to be one of the healthiest counties in the nation and its mission is to be recognized by the community as the best healthcare system on Delmarva.

Beebe’s medical, clinical and administrative staffs, as well as volunteers, are committed to serving current as well as future generations of Sussex Countians.

“The healthcare environment and competitive marketplace is evolving rapidly,” Beebe said in a news release.

“This new landscape is an opportunity to better serve the community. To do this Beebe is attracting exceptional clinical and administrative talent and making significant investments in its infrastructure to ensure optimum performance, accessibility and service.”

Beebe said remains focused on two overarching commitments to the patients and community it serves:

• Achieving Operational Excellence — Provide exceptional health care and continuously work to improve patient and caregiver service, satisfaction and safety.

• Enhancing Patient Access — Meet the changing needs of the community by investing in people, facilities, infrastructure, innovations and new models of care that can deliver quality outcomes and experiences for patients, while increasing efficiency and reducing healthcare costs.

“We are committed to achieving excellence through the delivery of exceptional health care and customer service each and every day,” Mr. Schaffner said.

“We continuously work to improve patient access, patient satisfaction, quality and safety that best meets the changing needs .of our patients, caregivers and community.”

“Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people who live in, work in, and visit the communities we serve,” the news release stated.

Beebe Healthcare has three campuses: the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center; the Rehoboth Beach Health Campus; and coming in 2020, the South Coastal Health Campus. Beebe Healthcare offers primary care as well as specialized services in the areas of cardiac and vascular, general surgery, robotic surgery, cancer treatment, women’s health, and orthopaedics.

Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a Home Care program and an adult activities center.

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