Modern Medicine on the Move
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.
Study of ‘surf-zone’ injuries identifies risk factors — and getting caught by surprise tops the list
Ask Dr. Paul Cowan what prompted him to study injuries caused by waves slamming beachgoers into the sand, and he’ll cite a moment in 2002 when the emergency room at Beebe Medical Center (now Beebe Healthcare) looked and smelled like a day at the ocean.
“Everyone who’s been in a hospital knows that distinctive antiseptic smell,” he says. “But I remember walking in at about 2 p.m. on this one hot July day to the strong smell of suntan oil overpowering everything else. I looked out and saw sand on the tile floor and a room full of people in swimsuits, barefoot or in flip-flops, who’d obviously come there straight from the beach.”
The Changing Face of Tourism
The effort to entice visitors to the beach is an all-year affair
With Easter behind us and Memorial Day on the horizon, coastal Sussex denizens are bracing for bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 1, packed parking lots and long waits in restaurants. This winter, however, residents in many resort towns got a sample of what’s to come.
Over the chilly Presidents Day weekend, it was hard to find a seat for happy hour in Rehoboth. On St. Patrick’s Day, vendors bundled up against the cold and sold ice cream on Rehoboth Avenue to parka-clad patrons.
“We are a destination nearly 52 weekends a year — unless there is bad weather,” says Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.