As anyone who has driven along Route 17 in Millville in the past week has undoubtedly noticed, work has begun at Beebe Healthcare’s South Coastal Campus, which will house an emergency department and cancer center.
Beebe officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 1, with representatives of the Beebe staff and its fundraising organization, the Beebe Medical Foundation, as well as state and local officials, on hand to officially kick off the construction of the project.
Earlier in the week, the foundation, along with Beebe Healthcare, announced the I Believe in Beebe Campaign, with $29 million already raised. The goal for the campaign is $35 million, which will support Beebe’s latest expansion projects.
In addition to the South Coastal Campus, the campaign will also help to fund a new specialty surgical hospital on Beebe’s Rehoboth Beach Health Campus, which will also eventually house Beebe’s women’s health service. Beebe is also seeking State approvals for another freestanding emergency department, in Georgetown.
The Millville facility is expected to be completed in 2020. It will contain a comprehensive cancer center similar to the one in Millsboro, as well as a 24-bed emergency department.
Beebe hopes to raise $5 million over the next 18 months to support those expansions.
“None of this would be possible without the support of the community,” said Dr. Nicholas Perchiniak, a member of Beebe’s emergency department staff, at the Millville groundbreaking.
Margaret and Randall Rollins’ $10 million gift in July 2017 helped to accelerate the efforts of the campaign; their gift will go to enhancements at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, including converting semi-private rooms to private rooms, enhancements of the west entrance and additional parking. Peggy and Randall Rollins are the honorary chairs of the campaign.
By Kerin Magill