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Becker Hospital Review: 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know 2017 
Christiana Care Health System’s President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

March 28, 2017
Since Dr. Nevin was appointed to her positions in 2014, Christiana Care has won several awards, including being named one of the American Hospital Association's "Most Wired" hospitals in 2016. Christina Care was awarded the designation for its integration of care and technology. Dr. Nevin established a clinical service line structure at Christiana Care with the goal of supporting safe, high quality care across the continuum. At Christiana Care, Dr. Nevin makes patient- and family-centered care a priority with more patient and family advisers participating in Christiana Care programs and projects, according to a 2012 Pioneer Press with Becker's Hospital Review.

Beebe Healthcare Advances Cardiology Service by Offering First-of-its-kind Fully Dissolving Heart Stent
March 1, 2017
The interventional cardiology team at Beebe Healthcare recently became the first on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that literally disappears over time.
Dr. Ehtasham Qureshi, Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, performed the first implant at Beebe this week. The AbsorbTM bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving stent, signaling a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease, which affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide despite decades of therapeutic advances.
While stents are traditionally made of metal, Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb starts to dissolve after implantation in a blocked artery and disappears completely in about three years, after it has done its job of keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.

Recently approved by FDA, Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body—reducing the risk of future blockages that can occur with metal stents.

The Joint Commission Certifies Beebe Healthcare’s Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery programs
January 17, 2017
The Joint Commission has awarded Beebe Healthcare with a Certification for hip and knee replacement surgery programs and a Certification for Beebe’s spine surgery program.  Beebe Healthcare was recognized with Five Star ratings for orthopaedic surgery by Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care. Beebe was recognized as a:

•                 Five-Star recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 14 Years in a Row (2004-2017).
•                 Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 8 Years in a Row (2010-2017).
•                 Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement in 2017.

Delaware Hospice’s Andrew Himelstein, MD Published in JAMA
January 2017
Delaware Hospice is proud to announce and congratulate Medical Director, Andrew L. Himelstein, MD, FACP for his published article in the January 3rd edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association based on the zoledronic acid drug.
Less Frequent Dosing of Drug for Patients with Bone Metastases Does Not Increase Risk of Fracture, Other Bone-related Events
Among patients with bone metastases due to breast cancer, prostate cancer, or multiple myeloma, use of the bisphosphonate drug zoledronic acid every 12 weeks compared with the standard dosing interval of every 4 weeks did not result in an increased risk of skeletal events over 2 years, according to a study appearing in the January 3 issue of JAMA. 

Beebe Healthcare Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers
December 27, 2016
Beebe Healthcare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Beebe Healthcare Home Care Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite
December 16, 2016
Beebe Healthcare Home Care Services has been named to the Top 500 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by Decision Health, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

Beebe Home Care Services is accredited by the Joint Commission and has been serving Sussex County since 1985 with a goal of supporting patients in living their best lives at home. It serves patients throughout Sussex County, as well as those that physicians have referred. It has more than 70 specialized employees including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, licensed clinical social workers, and other health professionals. 

Beebe Concludes 100th Anniversary Events With Unveiling of Time Capsule Plaque
November 29, 2016
Beebe Healthcare 100th Anniversary committee members and Beebe team members gathered on the front lawn of the Medical Center in Lewes Monday, November 21, to unveil the new time capsule plaque.
Earlier this month, workers removed the sidewalk in front of the historic Shaw building to bury a time capsule full of information about Beebe’s 100-year-history. The sidewalk was then replaced with a plaque inserted stating that the time capsule would be uncovered 100 years from now – in 2116.
“It has been a wonderful year and we got to learn a lot about Beebe’s history,” said the Honorable William Swain Lee, Chairman of the Beebe Board of Directors. Events were held throughout 2016 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary, including the 100th Anniversary Cookbook, History Coffee Table Book, and DVD, Rock Your Life community seminar series, multiple appearances at parades, the Flash Mob performance in Bethany Beach in April, the 100th Year Beebe Ball, and more. To purchase 100th Anniversary items, go to https://www.beebemedicalfoundation.org/100th-anniversary/
“We will continue to do the things that Richard and James Beebe wanted us to do here at Beebe,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “We will continue their legacy and continue to plan for the future of healthcare in our community.”
The event recognized all the members of the 100th Anniversary Steering Committee, the 100th Anniversary Committee Chairs Janet B. McCarty and Christine Moore, the 100th Anniversary Coordinator Leanne Prosser, and the hundreds of Beebe team members and volunteers who made all of the events possible.
“The Doctors Beebe would be proud of how we celebrated this centennial and how we celebrated it together,” Janet McCarty said.

Beebe Healthcare’s Orthopaedic Services Ties for Second in Becker's Top 36 Hospitals for Lowest Hip and Knee Replacement Readmission Rates
November 23, 2016
Beebe Healthcare is proud to be recognized by Becker's Healthcare Infection Control & Clinical Quality as being among 36 hospitals with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery, according to data from CMS. In addition to being listed with these high-quality hospitals, Beebe's rate tied for second in the nation.
According to Becker’s, information was gathered from Hospital Compare for dates from July 2012 through June 2015. All of the hospitals on the list have a readmission rate for hip and knee replacement of 3.4 or lower. The national average readmission rate for those procedures is 4.6. Beebe's readmission rate during this time frame was 2.9.
“The Orthopaedic Services team at Beebe Healthcare focuses on the needs of their patients throughout the healthcare continuum,” said Joseph T. DeRanieri, DM, MSN, RN, BCECR, Executive Director of Orthopaedic Services at Beebe Healthcare. “We feel our integrated approach to care from surgery, to Beebe Home Care Services and Beebe Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation, contributes to the success of the patient. This collaboration of efforts is showcased through our low readmission rates.”
People throughout Sussex County have regained their strength and mobility thanks to the care and treatment that Beebe’s Orthopaedic Services provides. Thousands of people are able to fully enjoy life with new hips and knees. An untold number of summer visitors and residents have been treated in Beebe’s Emergency Department by orthopaedic surgeons following accidents and injuries where bones have been broken or dislocated and soft tissue has been torn.


Delaware Hospice Partners with Nanticoke Health Services to Provide Palliative Care
November 2016
Delaware Hospice has partnered with Nanticoke Health Services to strengthen and grow palliative care in Sussex County.
Through the joint venture, both organizations will be able to provide a better assessment of the community’s medical needs through palliative care. Palliative care helps seriously ill patients who are receiving active, curative treatment. The care provided encompasses assistance to deal with the physical and psychosocial burdens of a serious illness through visits with a physician and/or nurse practitioner. The onset of a serious illness impacts not only the patient, but the family’s quality of life in so many ways. Patients and their families must cope with debilitating symptoms, coordination of medical appointments and comprehend new medical terminology, while making difficult decisions for treatment options. Palliative care will work with patients and their caregivers to identify goals while managing symptoms.

Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with 
Target: Stroke Honor Roll–Elite Plus 

September 6, 2016
Saint Francis Healthcare was recently recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. In improving its stroke tactics and recovery time, the hospital was awarded the highest recognition based on Get With The Guidelines’ quality measures, the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll–Elite Plus.
Saint Francis provides rapid and top-quality stroke care, including a door-to-needle time of 45 minutes in at least half of all stroke patients when administering the tPA drug. They have complied with 85 percent or higher adherence to all the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of the program’s eight quality measures.  
Saint Francis was officially awarded its certificate on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by John Pierson, Executive Director of Delaware AHA, and Alex Kuhn, Senior Director of Quality and Systems Improvement for AHA. 

New health campus approved by Delaware Health Resources Board 
Bayhealth releases conceptual renderings and site map 

May 3, 2016 – After filing a Certificate of Public Review (COPR) in October 2015 with the Delaware Health Resources Board, Bayhealth was officially approved to move forward with its plan to build a new health campus in southern Delaware. “We are pleased with the board’s decision to approve our application,” said Bayhealth President & CEO Terry M. Murphy, FACHE. “It’s our hope that for the next 100 years, the health campus will deliver a scope of care beyond anything the community has ever experienced.” 

“Bayhealth greatly appreciates the time and effort the Delaware Health Resources Board committed to reviewing our application,” said Murphy. “We also are very pleased by the extensive support we have received from the State of Delaware, Sussex County and the city of Milford.” 

The COPR was backed by letters of support from state and city officials, local business leaders, educational institutions, and physicians. 

Positioned on a 165-acre piece of land just off Route 1, the $275 to $300 million project will be more than just a hospital. Services to support both inpatient and outpatient care will be in one convenient location on the corner of Wilkins and Cedar Creek Roads in Milford, Delaware. 

With the COPR approval, Bayhealth today released the conceptual renderings of the health campus including a site map. 

“Behind the scenes, we’ve continued to make progress on the health campus project,” said Murphy. “We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the conceptual rendering and site map with the same community members who will be cared for in the new facility for years to come.” 

Designed by architects at CannonDesign™, the conceptual renderings of the health campus are inspired by the landscape of southern Delaware. The warm wood and waves in the building reflect local topography – emphasizing the healing power of nature. 
“Our team explored southern Delaware to learn more about the landscape and we used our findings as inspiration in developing a concept for the exterior façade of the hospital and outpatient center,” said Senior Vice President CannonDesign Troy Hoggard. “What we found were sprawling farmlands, waves crashing onto the beaches, and sand rippled after a summer storm, and each is reflected in our design.” 

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for late spring this year.



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