Beebe Medical Center Remembers Sussex County Paramedic Stephanie Callaway
"On June 17, Beebe Medical Center honored the Sussex County Emergency Services paramedic Stephanie L. Callaway by dedicating its Emergency Medical Services room in her memory. The room is part of the Emergency Department's new expansion located in Beebe Medical Center's Joseph R. Hudson Wing that opened in 2008.
Stephanie was the first team member of the Sussex County Emergency Medical Services to die in the line of duty in the organization's nearly 20-year history.
About 40 invited guests attended the solemn, morning dedication service at the entrance of Beebe Medical Center's Emergency Department on the anniversary of Stephanie's death. Those present included more than a dozen of Stephanie's family members, as well as officials from Beebe Medical Center, Delaware State Police, Sussex County Emergency Services and Lewes Fire Department.
"We all know that the Beebe family extends well beyond the four walls of this hospital," said Cheri Will, event organizer, emergency department nurse and S.A.N.E/Domestic Violence Coordinator at Beebe Medical Center. "We want to remember Stephanie. We know that all first responders keep our community safe by many times putting themselves in danger."
James P. Marvel, Jr., MD, orthopaedic surgeon and Trauma Director for Beebe Medical Center, noted the importance of the pre-hospital, emergency medical care given by the first responders and how dedicated Stephanie was to the quality of that care.
"We hope that those who use this room remember that," he said. A plaque stating "In honor of those with the strength & courage to head toward mayhem while others flee" will be hung in the room used by paramedics and other immediate responders.
The Rev. Charlie Arnold with the Lewes Fire Department gave the invocation. Dignitaries attending the service included: Jeffrey M. Fried, CEO and President of Beebe Medical Center; Paul Mylander, Chairman of the Board of Beebe Medical Foundation; David B. Baker, Sussex County Administrator; Glenn H. Luedtke, Director, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services; Captain Ronald W. Hagan, Delaware State Police Troup 7 Commander; and Captain Charles Simpson, Delaware State Police Troup 4 Commander.
Caption: Attending the dedication ceremony at Beebe Medical Center were, left to right, James Marvel, MD, Jeffrey M. Fried, CEO and President of Beebe Medical Center, and Cheri Will, RN. Here they are with the plaque honoring Stephanie Callaway.
Caption: James Marvel, MD, is surrounded by the family members in the Emergency Medical Services room dedicated in the memory of fallen paramedic Stephanie L. Callaway.
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