How are the hospitals in Coastal Delaware?

People often ask me about the quality of hospitals and medical care here in Coastal Delaware. So many of our newcomers are planning to make this their permanent residence when they retire, it’s a common concern. As we age, access to top doctors and state-of-the-art facilities is important. We are very lucky here to have some of the area’s best hospitals:

Beebe Medical Center:

The main campus of Beebe Medical Center is located in the heart of Lewes. There is an expanded Cardiac & Vascular Care wing that opened in 2009 in Lewes. The Cancer Care Center is located on Rt. 24 next to an Outpatient facility that serves the growing population between Lewes and Millsboro, DE. The Beebe Orthopaedic Care Center has ranked in the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation!

Beebe Medical Center also offers specialized service in Women’s Health. Walk-in Care facilities are now opening in convenient locations throughout the community.

Beebe Medical Center provides emergency medical care through its Emergency Department at the main campus in Lewes, as well as at the Emergency Medical Center that operates in the summer season in Millville. As a Level III trauma center, the Emergency Department has the capability to initially manage the majority of injured patients, and it has transfer agreements with higher-level centers of care. Beebe Medical Center also is connected to a statewide Trauma Network that includes ground and air ambulance equipment, personnel, and paramedics, as well as medical centers, that can be accessed through the 911 telephone number. For more information, click here

Bayhealth Medical Center:

Bayhealth encompasses the old Kent General Hospital in Dover as well as Milford Memorial Hospital and related health centers throughout both Kent and Sussex Counties. Bayhealth Home Care has been ranked in the top 25% in the nation. Bayhealth Home Care services help patients in all three Delaware counties recover from illness or injury in their own homes. The staff includes nurses and therapists who provide nursing services; physical, occupational and speech therapy. Bayhealth has recently expanded its Outpatient facilities into the communities it serves as far south as Milton.

BREAKING NEWS: The new Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, opened in February 2019 with state-of-the-art women’s and children’s healthcare, 24-hour emergency departments, cardiovascular surgical care, neurosurgical treatment, cancer screenings and treatments, orthopedic care, stroke care and more.

Bayhealth services include Cardiovascular, Oncology, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, SleepCare Centers, Surgical Services and many more. For more information about Bayhealth Medical Center, click here.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital:

Nanticoke is a full-service community hospital and an award-winning, long-term care facility.  It has been the #1 ranked ER in Delaware for heart emergencies, a comprehensive cancer center with advanced radiation oncology technology and the only Delaware health care facility to have an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The hospital’s staff of physicians offers over 35 different specialties. For more information click here.N

Nanticoke also has Immediate Care Locations and Outpatient Service Locations throughout Sussex County. Find Locations Here.

BREAKING NEWS: Nanticoke Health Services announced in February 2019, that it will affiliate with a Salisbury, Maryland, hospital system, likely providing the small Seaford hospital more financial security at a time when rural hospitals are struggling. Peninsula Regional Health System has a 288-bed hospital in Salisbury as well as practices in Millsboro and Laurel, DE.

Not only do we have these and other superior local medical facilities, but we also have access to –

Christiana Hospital ( just to our north in Wilmington, Delaware.
A. I. DuPont Hospital ( for children is also located in Wilmington, a short trip up Route 1.
In addition, we are in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic Region with easy access to some of the nation’s best medical facilities in the country. Whether it the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Sloan Kettering in New York, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore or a host of major hospitals and treatment centers within a two-hour driving distance – your health is in good hands in Coastal Delaware.

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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