Letters: February 25, 2005

Beebe Medical Center thanks community for support

Beebe Medical Center hosted its First Annual Community Heart Fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center in partnership with the American Heart Association on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event generated a terrific response from the community. An estimated 1,000 residents from throughout our service area attended the event, which featured free entertainment, food and screenings for health risks including aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat and glucose.

Beebe Medical Center was fortunate to have Lt. Gov. John Carney serve as the honorary chair of the event and speak about his Fitness Challenge — a campaign to encourage Delawareans to eat “Five a Day” (fruits and vegetables) and become, or stay, physically active. The event also provided an opportunity for Jeffrey Fried, Beebe Medical Center president and CEO, to welcome the community and highlight Beebe’s upcoming interventional cardiology and heart surgery programs, which are scheduled to begin next year.

Beebe Medical Center is grateful for the sponsors that helped make the event possible, including Medtronic, Integrilin and Ladies Workout Express. Delaware Cardiovascular Associates helped sponsor the wonderful food for the day and Kings Creek Country Club provided the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” pins.

The event would not have been possible without the help and support of a host of volunteers and Beebe team members, including: Lynn Amey, Esther Zuppo, Gainor Johnston and Ruth Myers of the Vascular Lab; Ingrid Mick and Liz Hazzard of the Lab; Marie Berntsen and Dot Chimienti of Orthopaedic Services; Sue Lodge, Pam Partsch, Michele Crowe, Beth Mosely and Sharon Kesterson of Patient Financial Services, as well as Holly Ferebee who played a key role in designing the displays; Nancy Cummings, Michelle Beckett-Danilenko, Kay Malone, Cathy Ward, Sandy Roberts, Doris Hensler, Dawn West-Atkins, Joan Whitney, and Chad Jenkins (intern) of Community Health; Jerry Whitcomb, Warren Wiley and Bob Horner of Plant Engineering; and our wonderful volunteers: Ann and George Chambers, Cathy Triboletti, Betty and Jack Houseman, Jane Forgie, MaryAnn Dzedzy, Audrey McMeekin, Rose Carr, Harriett Chassereau; and members of our Auxiliary: Joan Wentzel, Joan Brown, Lillian Menige. Additional volunteers included Hugh and Joan O’Neill, Ronnie Malone, Janet Lydick and Ann Crawford. The Department of Public Health, Bayside Health Association, Delaware Cardiovascular Associates, Jennifer Rodgers, LMT, and Cathy Robinson, LMT, also provided healthcare services. We hope to have included everyone that assisted, because each person made a great contribution to the success of the event.

Since the turnout was tremendous, we recognize that some members of the community were not able to receive all of the screenings offered at the event. Beebe Medical Center’s Community Health Department will continue to schedule similar screenings throughout the community on an ongoing basis. Please look for dates and locations in your local media and through our Web site: www.beebemed.org.

As it was our first year, we look forward to an even better event next February. Thank you, everyone, for your support of Beebe Medical Center.

The Public Relations and Community Health Department
Beebe Medical Center

Resident thanks local community for support

A special thank you to all my relatives and friends for their flowers, cards, prayers and visits during my recent stay in the hospital and Healthsouth.

Violet E. Hudson

IRHS weightlifters deserve recognition

Congratulations to the Indian River weight lifting team on their first place finish at the 13th Annual Snow Hill “Bench Press” Championship. In the past five years, Indian River has placed first twice, along with three second place finishes.

The Indians earned four first-place finishes, two seconds and one third-place finish. The team scored 27 team points to edge out last year’s champion Queen Anne’s, who received 24 points. Sussex Central finished third with 21 points, followed by Snow Hill with 15 points. Seven teams competed in this year’s championship with over 70 competitors in attendance.

There were 10 different body weight divisions with points awarded for first, second and third place. Individual wins were then added together to determine the final team point standings.

Congratulations to Zach Long, Billy Powell, John Timmons and Kyle Johnson on their first place finishes. Also, congratulations to Jessica Spencer and Nate Kortvelesy for finishing second place, and D.J. Singleterry, who finished third.

Many thanks for a job well done goes out to P-Nut Mitchell, Bobby Boyce, Perry Townsend and Rusty Baker, who rounded out I.R.’s team.

Again, you have made your school and community very proud.

Jim Bunting
Indian River High School