Beebe Healthcare announced June 7 that its board of directors approved management’s proposal for a comprehensive expansion of the system over the next several years.

This expansion will include new facilities and new services on three campuses as Beebe Healthcare works to meet the needs of the growing region.

Construction on the first phase of the expansion is expected to begin as early as fall 2018.

The plan calls for an expansion on the hospital campus in Lewes that will create private rooms for complex medical and surgical inpatients. The expansion will include a new labor and delivery wing to serve the growing population of young families. The Lewes campus will remain the site of heart and vascular care, and the plans include creation of a dedicated Heart, Stroke and Vascular Center of Excellence.

In Rehoboth, Beebe proposes to develop a Specialty Surgical Center for inpatient and outpatient procedures. Surgical procedures will be focused on less complex cases for patients requiring a shorter inpatient stay. Beebe will establish a Minimally Invasive Surgical Center of Excellence at the site.

South Coastal residents will see development of a Beebe Health Campus in Millville on Route 17 that will include a new year-round freestanding emergency department. In addition, a comprehensive satellite facility of Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center will be developed that will include radiation and chemotherapy treatment. The development of these two services will augment the full diagnostic imaging, physical rehabilitation services, laboratory and walk-in care that is currently offered in Millville on Route 26.

Beebe is expected to invest about $180 million in this expansion, with a portion of that expected to come from charitable contributions being sought in a major capital campaign led by the Beebe Medical Foundation.

Beebe will unveil more details of its plans over the next several months as building designs are completed. Community meetings, events and publications are planned to keep the community informed of the expansion of health care services.

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