Beebe Invites the Public to an Open House in the New Wing
Beebe Medical Center, in celebration of the completion of the $35 million expansion project, is pleased to invite the public to an Open House to view the new Wing, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.
The Wing is being named in honor of Mr. Joseph R. Hudson, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Beebe Medical Foundation, the fundraising arm of the organization.
Mr. Hudson, a local developer, business owner and entrepreneur with deep roots in Sussex County, has long been a supporter of Beebe Medical Center. He has served on the Beebe Board of Directors since 1986, and served as Chairman from 1998 to 2005.
Mr. Hudson was presented with the 2006 Beebe Medical Center's John W. Rollins Award, an humanitarian and philanthropist award that honors a person for giving of his or her talents and resources to directly promote the betterment of our society. He also has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sussex County's Positive Growth Alliance for commitment in improving the quality of life for all residents and visitors to southern Delaware.
"I am proud to be honored and remembered in this way by the Beebe Medical Center family," Mr. Hudson says. "Beebe Medical Center is truly a community hospital that has focused on bringing quality healthcare to those that we serve. So many in our community have worked together to build Beebe into what it is today. I am honored to be a part of that group of individuals."
The Wing represents the culmination of a construction project to expand the main campus in Lewes to serve the area's growing population of residents and visitors. The project doubled the side of the emergency Department, expanded the Critical Care Unit to a 20-bed facility, and added 42 beds to the third floor Medical-Surgical Suite.
The Emergency Department, which has experienced a continued growth in patients, will have 36 beds, and 7 large trauma/cardiac rooms where there will be more spaces for emergency medical procedures. There also will be a special room where a patient can be isolated and treated for exposure to chemicals. The new facility also will include a bank of elevators that connect all three floors with the basement, where respiratory equipment will be processed and held ready for emergencies, and the roof where the helipad is located.
"We look forward to having our friends and neighbors visit the new wing," says Jan McCarty, Chair of the Beebe Medical Center Board of Directors. "Our community has been so supportive of Beebe and we looking forward to seeing the opening of this wing."
The expansion project was a recipient of a portion of the funds from the Vision 2005 Capital Campaign, which raised more than $12.5 million, making it the largest capital campaign in Beebe's history.
As part of the open house, visitors will be taken on tours of the Emergency Department and the Critical Care Unit. They also will get to see a patient room in the 3rd floor Medical-Surgical Suite. Visitors are asked to enter at the East Entrance where there will be signs directing them where to park.
"This is going to be an exciting day for all of us," says Jeffrey M. Fried, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center. "Our Board members, our physicians, our employees and our volunteers have worked hard to make Beebe Medical Center an organization that brings quality healthcare to the communities that we serve. We thank the community for all of its support, and look forward to continuing to be able to improve our services in this new facility.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org