Local emergency center prepares for 24/7 summer operation

Beebe Medical Center’s Millville Emergency Center will officially reopen Memorial Day weekend, starting its 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week summer schedule. The center will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, and will remain open until the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Last year, the center – with its physicians, nurses and X-ray, lab and registration staff – saw 6,300 patients with ailments ranging from lacerations to rashes, painful burns to allergies.

“With the arrival of beach- and vacation-goers, we saw many children coming off the beach suffering from jellyfish stings, painful sunburn, and pain or bruising from a fall on the boardwalk, from playground equipment, or off of a bicycle,” explained Sue Towers, public relations specialist for Beebe Medical Center, adding that the center also saw children with ear infections, fevers, stomach upsets and lacerations, and both children and adults with rashes, allergies, asthma, ankle injuries, splinters and minor heat illnesses.

Towers emphasized that, while the emergency center is an extension of the Emergency Department headquartered on Beebe’s main campus in Lewes, people with truly life-threatening injuries should always call 911. The last thing they want, she said, is for valuable time to be wasted as someone waits in summer traffic to get to either facility.

“We always want to remind people that, if a friend or loved one appears to be suffering from a stroke {unclear speech, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, difficulty in walking or loss of sight) or has chest, jaw or arm pain – which can signal a heart attack – or has serious abdominal pain, to please dial 911, as the ambulance is able to arrive to the site where they are quickly and carries with it many medical supplies and equipment that can make the difference in an emergency situation,” Towers emphasized.

Of course, for those living in the Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach areas, the main campus should be most convenient; the Millville Emergency Center in intended for those living or vacationing in the South Coastal area.

The Millville Emergency Center is located on Route 26 in Millville, adjacent to the Food Lion supermarket in Creekside Plaza. Beebe Medical Center has been serving the South Coastal area with a summer emergency medical facility since 1981 and has been at the present location since 1983.