New hospital, cancer care and emergency departments are among services coming to coastal Sussex County
From the June 2018 issue
When John and Sharon Kennedy moved full time to their vacation home in Bear Trap Dunes, John wasn’t concerned that Beebe Healthcare’s hospital in downtown Lewes was about a 35-minute drive from their Ocean View community.
It was 2010, and except for one episode with atrial fibrillation in 2000, Kennedy was healthy. That changed when he began experiencing regular bouts of atrial fibrillation, which occurs when the heart’s upper chambers beat out of sync with the lower chambers. Symptoms can include an irregular, often rapid heartbeat.
“I was having it once a week or every two weeks,” Kennedy recalls. His wife drove him to the emergency room in Lewes, often in the middle of the night. Eventually, he had a cardiac ablation procedure to destroy the tissue that produces the abnormal electrical signals.
He has been mostly symptom-free since then, but the couple were still happy to learn that Beebe Healthcare plans to build a 24-hour free-standing emergency center on Route 17 in Millville. The site will also include a satellite of Beebe’s cancer center. Construction is expected to start this fall and be completed by 2020.