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Members In The News

Beebe Medical Group Announces Beebe Women ’s Healthcare – Bayside
January 23, 2018
Beebe Healthcare and Beebe Medical Group are proud to announce that Steven D. Berlin, MD, and Leo Eschbach, Jr., DO, will join Beebe Women’s Healthcare – Bayside.

Ann Marie Stafford, certified nurse midwife, will join Drs. Berlin and Eschbach in this practice, which will focus on women’s health at all ages, with a special emphasis on gynecologic surgery and the specific healthcare needs of the mature female population.
Beebe Healthcare is the first hospital in Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula – and one of only 15 in the United States – to be named a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS). In addition, both Dr. Berlin and Dr. Eschbach have been recognized and accredited in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery by AIMIS.

Agreement Reached Between Bayhealth and AmeriHealth Caritas
January 8, 2018
AmeriHealth Caritas and Bayhealth are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement to ensure AmeriHealth Caritas members will continue to have in-network access to the quality care provided by Bayhealth hospitals, outpatient facilities and physicians. 

The agreement is binding and will be implemented through formal agreements to be completed in the coming days. There will be no disruption in care for patients in central and southern Delaware who are seeking care at Bayhealth. 


Bayhealth Hospitals Designated Primary Stroke Centers 

December 20, 2017
Bayhealth Milford Memorial recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus was also re-designated as a Primary Stroke Center. 

The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. The designation of Primary Stroke Center means both Bayhealth hospitals have met and seek to maintain The Joint Commission’s high standards in providing stroke care and are now certified for delivering the next generation of care to stroke patients.

Saint Francis Healthcare verified as level III Trauma Center
October 5, 2017
Saint Francis Healthcare has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons Verification Review Committee. The hospital is currently the only adult verified Level III Trauma Center in New Castle County, DE. This accomplishment recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the best quality of trauma care for all injured patients.
Saint Francis Healthcare has the shortest emergency room wait times in New Castle County and the largest private ambulance service in Delaware. The hospital is Joint Commission Stroke Certified and has been designated as receiving center for cardiac and stroke patients in New Castle County.


Beebe Healthcare Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader
August 22, 2017
Beebe Healthcare was certified for its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Beebe Healthcare was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.
Beebe Healthcare’s pulmonary rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
Beebe Healthcare also received the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 2017. This award reflects the care Beebe’s multidisciplinary team of pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and others provide patients which lung and breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Sussex County EMS and Nanticoke Health Services receive American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition award

August 22, 2017
Sussex County has some of the best urgent cardiac care in the nation.

Members of Sussex County Emergency Medical Services joined with representatives of Nanticoke Health Services on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, to announce that the organizations have earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.


The designation is national recognition of how well a community can deliver its continuum of care, from first responders providing initial treatment to the patient receiving life-saving, timely care at a medical facility. Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies, and the role EMS plays from the beginning is critical.


Nanticoke Health Services Most Wired for Third Year in a Row

July 2017
Nanticoke Health Services has been named a Most Wired® healthcare provider for the third year in a row. As a Most Wired® healthcare provider, Nanticoke uses a number of technology tools to improve communication and coordinate patient care.

“In 2015, Nanticoke first received the Most Wired designation. We were the first in Sussex and Kent counties to receive this designation. We are proud that we have been able to not only maintain this level of technology integration but continue to add to our capabilities including moving to one EMR for both our physician practices and the hospital,” said Steven Rose, RN, MN, President and CEO of Nanticoke Health Services. “Having received this recognition for the third year is just more evidence that Nanticoke continues to be a leader in patient care, quality and integration providing the very best services we can for our community. I could not be more proud of the team at Nanticoke.”


Bayhealth Receives HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 Recognition
July 6, 2017
Bayhealth is proud to announce that it has achieved the HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model℠ (EMRAM). Bayhealth’s Stage 6 recognition symbolizes its drive to bring high quality technology to patients in the community. Last year, Bayhealth implemented the Epic electronic health record (EHR), which put the entire healthcare system on the same electronic medical record system. 


HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better healthcare through the use of information technology.   

Bayhealth Honored for Work Toward Organ Donations

May 8, 2017
ne organ, eye, and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 lives. Yet 22 people die every day waiting for an organ with a new patient added to the donation waiting list every 10 minutes. As part of National Donate Life Month, Bayhealth and other local healthcare organizations were recently honored by the Gift of Life Donor Program during the third annual Donate Life flag raising ceremony at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus. 


In total, there are currently 118,000 women, men and children waiting for an organ donation. According to Donate Life America, roughly 95 percent of Americans are in favor of organ donation, but only 54 percent are registered. Through Donate Life Month, Bayhealth and the Gift of Life Donor Program are encouraging people to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. They’re also celebrating those who have saved lives through organ donations. Officials from Nanticoke and Christiana Care were on hand for the event to be honored along with Bayhealth for the strides made to improve organ donation processes. 


To help facilitate lifesaving organs and tissues, Bayhealth partners with Gift of Life Donor Program. They also work with the Delaware Donation Performance Improvement Initiative to improve transplant processes and increase the number of people receiving transplants. 

Bayhealth Named Top Performer by Healthcare Equality Index (HEI)
April 27, 2017
Bayhealth continues to make strides in providing patient- and family-centered care. This year, Bayhealth was named a “Top Performer” for the Healthcare Equality Index 2017. The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. While the “Top Performer” designation is not the same full recognition as last year, there is still plenty for Bayhealth to be proud of. 

“We’ve done really well,” said Director Patient Advocacy, Service Excellence and Professional Recruitment Marianne Foard MS, RN, NE-BC, PRC. “The criteria moved from a 40 point scale to 100 points in one year and we still managed to double our score. That’s great work by everyone on the team, especially since this is only the second year of the formulation of a taskforce dedicated to HEI initiatives.” 

Bayhealth and BAYADA Announce Home Health Care Joint Venture
April 24, 2017
and BAYADA Home Health Care announced a joint venture developed to enhance the delivery of home care services for patients living in central and southern Delaware.  It will be called BAYADA Home Health Care at Bayhealth, and becomes effective in late June, 2017.
This joint venture comes as part of a growing trend in which hospitals are partnering with home care agencies that have the expertise and experience to manage care at home for patients who are at high risk for rehospitalization.  Joining forces with BAYADA will help Bayhealth better support its mission of bringing the nation’s best healthcare to its communities.  Bayhealth and BAYADA share similar values focused on putting the patient first, and the belief that employees are the greatest asset.  

Becker Hospital Review: 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know 2017 
Christiana Care Health System’s President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

March 28, 2017
Since Dr. Nevin was appointed to her positions in 2014, Christiana Care has won several awards, including being named one of the American Hospital Association's "Most Wired" hospitals in 2016. Christina Care was awarded the designation for its integration of care and technology. Dr. Nevin established a clinical service line structure at Christiana Care with the goal of supporting safe, high quality care across the continuum. At Christiana Care, Dr. Nevin makes patient- and family-centered care a priority with more patient and family advisers participating in Christiana Care programs and projects, according to a 2012 Pioneer Press with Becker's Hospital Review.

Beebe Healthcare Advances Cardiology Service by Offering First-of-its-kind Fully Dissolving Heart Stent
March 1, 2017
The interventional cardiology team at Beebe Healthcare recently became the first on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that literally disappears over time.
Dr. Ehtasham Qureshi, Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, performed the first implant at Beebe this week. The AbsorbTM bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving stent, signaling a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances.
While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb starts to dissolve after implantation in a blocked artery and disappears completely in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body—reducing the risk of future blockages that can occur with metal stents.

The Joint Commission Certifies Beebe Healthcare’s Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery programs
January 17, 2017
The Joint Commission has awarded Beebe Healthcare with a Certification for hip and knee replacement surgery programs and a Certification for Beebe’s spine surgery program.  Beebe Healthcare was recognized with Five Star ratings for orthopaedic surgery by Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care. Beebe was recognized as a:

•                 Five-Star recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 14 Years in a Row (2004-2017).
•                 Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 8 Years in a Row (2010-2017).
•                 Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement in 2017.

Delaware Hospice’s Andrew Himelstein, MD Published in JAMA
January 2017
Delaware Hospice is proud to announce and congratulate Medical Director, Andrew L. Himelstein, MD, FACP for his published article in the January 3rd edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association based on the zoledronic acid drug.
Less Frequent Dosing of Drug for Patients with Bone Metastases Does Not Increase Risk of Fracture, Other Bone-related Events
Among patients with bone metastases due to breast cancer, prostate cancer, or multiple myeloma, use of the bisphosphonate drug zoledronic acid every 12 weeks compared with the standard dosing interval of every 4 weeks did not result in an increased risk of skeletal events over 2 years, according to a study appearing in the January 3 issue of JAMA. 

Beebe Healthcare Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers
December 27, 2016
Beebe Healthcare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Beebe Healthcare Home Care Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite
December 16, 2016
Beebe Healthcare Home Care Services has been named to the Top 500 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by Decision Health, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

Beebe Home Care Services is accredited by the Joint Commission and has been serving Sussex County since 1985 with a goal of supporting patients in living their best lives at home. It serves patients throughout Sussex County, as well as those that physicians have referred. It has more than 70 specialized employees including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, licensed clinical social workers, and other health professionals. 

Beebe Concludes 100th Anniversary Events With Unveiling of Time Capsule Plaque
November 29, 2016
Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary committee members and Beebe team members gathered on the front lawn of the Medical Center in Lewes Monday, November 21, to unveil the new time capsule plaque.
Earlier this month, workers removed the sidewalk in front of the historic Shaw building to bury a time capsule full of information about Beebe’s 100-year-history. The sidewalk was then replaced with a plaque inserted stating that the time capsule would be uncovered 100 years from now – in 2116.
“It has been a wonderful year and we got to learn a lot about Beebe’s history,” said the Honorable William Swain Lee, Chairman of the Beebe Board of Directors. Events were held throughout 2016 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary, including the 100th Anniversary Cookbook, History Coffee Table Book, and DVD, Rock Your Life community seminar series, multiple appearances at parades, the Flash Mob performance in Bethany Beach in April, the 100th Year Beebe Ball, and more. To purchase 100th Anniversary items, go to https://www.beebemedicalfoundation.org/100th-anniversary/
“We will continue to do the things that Richard and James Beebe wanted us to do here at Beebe,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “We will continue their legacy and continue to plan for the future of healthcare in our community.”
The event recognized all the members of the 100th Anniversary Steering Committee, the 100th Anniversary Committee Chairs Janet B. McCarty and Christine Moore, the 100th Anniversary Coordinator Leanne Prosser, and the hundreds of Beebe team members and volunteers who made all of the events possible.
“The Doctors Beebe would be proud of how we celebrated this centennial and how we celebrated it together,” Janet McCarty said.

Beebe Healthcare’s Orthopaedic Services Ties for Second in Becker's Top 36 Hospitals for Lowest Hip and Knee Replacement Readmission Rates
November 23, 2016
Beebe Healthcare is proud to be recognized by Becker's Healthcare Infection Control & Clinical Quality as being among 36 hospitals with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery, according to data from CMS. In addition to being listed with these high-quality hospitals, Beebe's rate tied for second in the nation.
According to Becker’s, information was gathered from Hospital Compare for dates from July 2012 through June 2015. All of the hospitals on the list have a readmission rate for hip and knee replacement of 3.4 or lower. The national average readmission rate for those procedures is 4.6. Beebe's readmission rate during this time frame was 2.9.
“The Orthopaedic Services team at Beebe Healthcare focuses on the needs of their patients throughout the healthcare continuum,” said Joseph T. DeRanieri, DM, MSN, RN, BCECR, Executive Director of Orthopaedic Services at Beebe Healthcare. “We feel our integrated approach to care from surgery, to Beebe Home Care Services and Beebe Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation, contributes to the success of the patient. This collaboration of efforts is showcased through our low readmission rates.”
People throughout Sussex County have regained their strength and mobility thanks to the care and treatment that Beebe’s Orthopaedic Services provides. Thousands of people are able to fully enjoy life with new hips and knees. An untold number of summer visitors and residents have been treated in Beebe’s Emergency Department by orthopaedic surgeons following accidents and injuries where bones have been broken or dislocated and soft tissue has been torn.


Delaware Hospice Partners with Nanticoke Health Services to Provide Palliative Care
November 2016
Delaware Hospice has partnered with Nanticoke Health Services to strengthen and grow palliative care in Sussex County.
Through the joint venture, both organizations will be able to provide a better assessment of the community’s medical needs through palliative care. Palliative care helps seriously ill patients who are receiving active, curative treatment. The care provided encompasses assistance to deal with the physical and psychosocial burdens of a serious illness through visits with a physician and/or nurse practitioner. The onset of a serious illness impacts not only the patient, but the family’s quality of life in so many ways. Patients and their families must cope with debilitating symptoms, coordination of medical appointments and comprehend new medical terminology, while making difficult decisions for treatment options. Palliative care will work with patients and their caregivers to identify goals while managing symptoms.

Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with 
Target: Stroke Honor Roll–Elite Plus 

September 6, 2016
Saint Francis Healthcare was recently recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. In improving its stroke tactics and recovery time, the hospital was awarded the highest recognition based on Get With The Guidelines’ quality measures, the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll–Elite Plus.
Saint Francis provides rapid and top-quality stroke care, including a door-to-needle time of 45 minutes in at least half of all stroke patients when administering the tPA drug. They have complied with 85 percent or higher adherence to all the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of the program’s eight quality measures.  
Saint Francis was officially awarded its certificate on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by John Pierson, Executive Director of Delaware AHA, and Alex Kuhn, Senior Director of Quality and Systems Improvement for AHA. 

New health campus approved by Delaware Health Resources Board 
Bayhealth releases conceptual renderings and site map 

May 3, 2016 – After filing a Certificate of Public Review (COPR) in October 2015 with the Delaware Health Resources Board, Bayhealth was officially approved to move forward with its plan to build a new health campus in southern Delaware. “We are pleased with the board’s decision to approve our application,” said Bayhealth President & CEO Terry M. Murphy, FACHE. “It’s our hope that for the next 100 years, the health campus will deliver a scope of care beyond anything the community has ever experienced.” 

“Bayhealth greatly appreciates the time and effort the Delaware Health Resources Board committed to reviewing our application,” said Murphy. “We also are very pleased by the extensive support we have received from the State of Delaware, Sussex County and the city of Milford.” 

The COPR was backed by letters of support from state and city officials, local business leaders, educational institutions, and physicians. 

Positioned on a 165-acre piece of land just off Route 1, the $275 to $300 million project will be more than just a hospital. Services to support both inpatient and outpatient care will be in one convenient location on the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek Roads in Milford, Delaware. 

With the COPR approval, Bayhealth today released the conceptual renderings of the health campus including a site map. 

“Behind the scenes, we’ve continued to make progress on the health campus project,” said Murphy. “We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the conceptual rendering and site map with the same community members who will be cared for in the new facility for years to come.” 

Designed by architects at CannonDesign™, the conceptual renderings of the health campus are inspired by the landscape of southern Delaware. The warm wood and waves in the building reflect local topography – emphasizing the healing power of nature. 
“Our team explored southern Delaware to learn more about the landscape and we used our findings as inspiration in developing a concept for the exterior façade of the hospital and outpatient center,” said Senior Vice President CannonDesign Troy Hoggard. “What we found were sprawling farmlands, waves crashing onto the beaches, and sand rippled after a summer storm, and each is reflected in our design.” 

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for late spring this year.



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