New facility should fill needs, now and later

The Millville Town Council approved a final site plan for Beebe Medical Center’s proposed South Coastal Campus Emergency Department and Cancer Center earlier this week, setting into motion the construction of a facility that should not only fill an immediate need, but also serve as an impetus for further improvements to health care in our community.

Alex Snydor, Beebe’s vice president for external affairs, said there are 387 new cases of cancer each year in the area between the Indian River Inlet and the Delaware-Maryland border, bounded on the west by Route 113 and the east by the ocean. He also said that Beebe is anticipating 15,000 visitors a year at the new South Coastal Emergency Department. Both those figures show the immediate need for this kind of facility, and, let’s be honest, there are no signs that our population is going to do anything but grow in the future.

This facility will help in the health of our residents for years to come, and the guess is other offices will open nearby to offer support and secondary care. We are a growing community, and right along with better roads, infrastructure and more services, enhanced medical care is “must-have.”

We welcome this new facility to our community, and wish it years of success and a legacy of top-notch care.