Beebe opens Millville walk-in center


Locals who get sick or suffer a minor injury over the weekend now have somewhere to go. Starting Nov. 3, the Beebe Weekend Walk-In Medical Center in Millville is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays to deal with such problems. Appointments to be treated in the walk-in center are not necessary and most major insurance plans are accepted, according to a Beebe release sent early this month.

Coastal Point • JONATHAN STARKEY: The new Beebe Weekend Walk-In Medical Center is now open. It’s a temporary location and is meant to supplement the local healthcare providers and offer residents a weekend alternative to driving to Lewes or Ocean City.Coastal Point • JONATHAN STARKEY
The new Beebe Weekend Walk-In Medical Center is now open. It’s a temporary location and is meant to supplement the local healthcare providers and offer residents a weekend alternative to driving to Lewes or Ocean City.

“We were just trying to fill the gap and supplement what the primary care physicians care were doing,” said Wally Hudson, Beebe’s vice president of corporate affairs, adding that most of the primary care physicians are not open on weekends. “There are a lot of primary care physicians that came into this (area) recently. The idea is to have a system that supplements each other rather than competes.”

Beebe’s off-season Millville location complements the adjacent summer emergency center that deals with sickness and minor injuries as well as more serious ones like broken bones from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Millville’s Beebe emergency center treated more than 4,500 patients on the 2006 summer center.

The weekend center’s location, next to the Food Lion shopping center in Millville, is now just a temporary one, though, after Beebe purchased land off Route 26 in Clarksville earlier this year with plans to build there.

Beebe’s Clarksville location, when built, will offer the same on- and off-season services as the emergency center and the walk-in along with updated lab technology. Hudson said that the Clarksville location will offer physical therapy, x-rays, CT scans, MRI’s and other diagnostic testing year-round.

There is no anticipated dollar amount on the fund-raising campaign for the new building, which is in its infancy, and a groundbreaking date has not yet been determined, Hudson said. He said that anytime in 2008 is very “ambitious” to start building while sometime in 2010 is “more reasonable,” adding that he hopes the start-date is somewhere in between.

Hudson called the pending medical center an “aggressive commitment” to an area in need of extended full-time medical presence.

True emergencies will not be handled in Clarksville when the new center is completed, though, Hudson said. Patients suffering from heart attacks, for instance, will still be transported to Lewes to the main Medical campus on Savannah Road. The population here still does not support such Beebe emergency services — which would require a much larger commitment — or a full-time walk-in center because of the influx of primary care physicians, Hudson added.

“After Labor Day, the volumes just fall off,” Hudson said. “With the current population and with what we see the population being in the future, it doesn’t suggest it’s needed.”