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WOMEN'S HEALTH

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SPRING 2019

BETTER TECHNOLOGY, BETTER CARE

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innovation

SEEING AN NP INSTEAD OF A DOC

BEHIND-THE-SCENES ADVANCEMENTS

AROUND TOWN WITH MICHAEL SOFRONSKI, MD


LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

A New Way of Seeing P.S. Enjoy this photo of me with members of our Center for Robotic Surgery team (in back) and Carolyn Watson, our cover photographer for this issue (in front).

I am thrilled to bring you this issue of the Beacon—our first Innovation issue! In putting together the articles and topics for this edition, our team really focused on all aspects of innovation, from the impressive clinical innovations going on here at Beebe, to the non-clinical process improvements aimed at giving our patients a better experience from the moment they walk through our doors. Innovation can be a new technology—such as the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System now used here at Beebe—but it can also be a new way of thinking about patient care. At Beebe, we pride ourselves on thinking of the patient first. When considering a new innovation in the surgical suite or at the front desk, we ask ourselves, “Will this change get our patients back to living the life they love more quickly?” As a not-for-profit community healthcare system, we are able to transform ourselves and think more openly—and innovate more quickly—because everyone here is on the same page. We all want what’s best for you, our patients. I hope you enjoy the issue. Feel free to reach out to us with questions and comments by emailing beacon@beebehealthcare.org.

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To Your Health,

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD Have an idea for a future issue of Beacon? Want to share your feedback? We’d love to hear from you! Find us on social media and tell us what you think. Or, email us your thoughts today at beacon@beebehealthcare.org. www.facebook.com/ beebehealthcare www.instagram.com/ beebehealthcare www.twitter.com/ beebehealthcare www.beebewomen.org www.nextgenerationofcare.org

BEACON EDITORIAL BOARD PUBLISHER

CHRISTINA DEIDESHEIMER

MANAGING EDITOR

MICHELLE BANGSON

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

RACHEL SWICK MAVITY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, BEACON BEEBE MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

RACHEL SWICK MAVITY

WRITERS

MICHELLE BANGSON KATIE CLEM RACHEL SWICK MAVITY

DESIGNERS

INNOVATION AT THE CORE

Both business and healthcare must innovate at all times. As you will see in this issue, Beebe is constantly working to improve the care received in our community.

Innovation is at the core of what we do at Dogfish Head every day. Since the beginning, we've been innovating with unique ingredients as part of the "secret sauce" that has allowed us to create some of our most beloved beers—Raison D'Etre, Namaste, and SeaQuench Ale, to name a few.

THE CALAGIONE FAMILY HAS SUPPORTED THE "I BELIEVE IN BEEBE" CAMPAIGN. LEARN MORE: WWW.BEEBEMEDICAL FOUNDATION.ORG.

And innovation at Dogfish Head goes beyond what’s inside the bottle. We’ve developed a completely unique process to continually hop our beers, and also created a fun way to test out our new recipes. Next time you visit us in Rehoboth or Milton, check out the “Beer Exploration Journal.” By allowing guests to provide immediate feedback, we’ll be able to create an even more robust innovation pipeline of beers that you may someday enjoy right here in coastal Delaware, or across the country.

VICTORIA CARLSON BRITTANY LAWSON

PHOTOGRAPHER

CAROLYN WATSON

Beacon is published by Beebe Healthcare to present health information to the people living, working, and visiting southern Delaware. Health information provided in Beacon should not be substituted for medical advice offered by a physician. Please consult your physician on medical concerns and questions.

We will continue to innovate at Dogfish Head because it’s part of our off-centered DNA, and because we know that continuing to innovate is important to our coworkers and our customers.

Cheers,

PRODUCED BY

MARIAH & SAM CAL AGIONE

LIFT FOR BEEBE HEALTHCARE


IN THIS ISSUE

I N N O VA T E

AROUND TOWN WITH

IN/SIGHT

Michael Sofronski, MD BEEBE GENERAL SURGERY

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DRESS SMART

FitBits aren’t the only tech you can wear. Learn how smart apparel can up your game. PAGE 4

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CALL THE DOC

Beebe is bringing the best specialty care right to your bedside, online. PAGE 6

STIR FRY WITH FRIENDS

Our healthy, Asian-style stir fry is perfect for your next dinner party. PAGE 7

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INNOVATION AT HOME

Learn how Beebe Healthcare is bringing the next generation of innovation to Sussex County. PAGE 9

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FAST STATS

Innovation isn’t new to Beebe. See how much we’ve grown with you since 2005. PAGE 13

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FUTURE OF SURGERY BEST TECH

“As soon as Beebe announced it would launch the Center for Robotic Surgery, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I understood the technology and the vast benefits to our patients.”

“I’m a tech guy, so working on the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System has been amazing. It is the absolute latest in robotic technology! The Center for Robotic Surgery operating room is now one of my happy places.”

DE-STRESS

“When I am done with surgery, I look forward to being with my family. Some of my favorite moments include spending time with my kids, playing video games with my son, or when I have downtime, playing the Nintendo Switch.”

Michael Sofronski, MD, is a board certified general surgeon, specializing in bariatric surgery. He is certified to perform robotically assisted procedures in both general and bariatric surgery. He performs procedures at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and sees patients at Beebe General Surgery.

LOOK FOR THIS YELLOW ARROW

For exclusive digital content and resources from this issue, visit www.beebehealthcare.org/innovation.


TRENDS

Needling ACHES + PAINS

Feeling sore? Beebe Healthcare offers two new physical rehabilitation techniques that ease muscle pain. Learn more about these trendy techniques that can offer big results:

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CUPPING gained popularity during the Olympics, as it was used by many athletes to reduce muscle fatigue. Since then, more research has been done on the benefits of cupping, showing that it can loosen muscles, relieve neck and back pain, encourage blood flow, and even reduce migraine pain. DRY NEEDLING has also become an increasingly popular physical therapy intervention over the past several years for a number of reasons, including highly satisfied patients, improved clinical outcomes, and early, promising evidence in several research trials.

“It is important to note that dry needling is not performed as a “stand-alone” procedure but rather as part of a broader physical therapy program,” said Joe Skocypec, Director of Clinical Operations for Beebe Physical Rehabilitation Services. Patients often report a significant decrease in pain and muscle tension, and improved range of motion, right after receiving treatment, so dry needling works well as part of an overall treatment plan. Both techniques can be part of an integrated care plan that your physician prescribes, along with physical therapy. Learn more about all the techniques used at Beebe Physical Rehabilitation Services by calling (302) 645-3933 or going to www.beebehealthcare.org/physical-rehab-services.

Stay Smart

Technology is always developing, and we’re always looking for ways to improve our day-to-day life with it. These new hacks don’t have to do with the latest iPhone or smart watch, though—they change the game for home goods and apparel. Here’s how you can incorporate smart apparel into your day-to-day life, indoors and out. REST EASY

If you’ve had a hard day at work, are having a tough time sleeping, or just feel antsy, try a weighted blanket for stress relief. This innovative product works with your body to keep you from moving around in the night and waking yourself up. Some proponents even say that weighted blankets feel like you’re experiencing a hug all night. DON’T BUG OUT

Whether you’re headed into the wilderness, or just working in your garden, protecting yourself from ticks is important. Before you reach for the bug spray, you may want to head to your closet. A recent study conducted by the U.S. government shows that clothing treated with permethrin (a powerful insecticide) can protect you from ticks and dangerous tick-borne illnesses. And don’t worry—most manufacturers only use a solution that includes 0.5% permethrin, which isn’t easily absorbed into the skin and shows no danger to children or pregnant women. In the near future, we may see internet-connected clothing that monitors temperature, heart rate, and the activity of medical conditions. But even today we can make our lives easier, safer, and healthier with simple garment tech.


SHIFTINGMINDSETS MINDFULNESS

TINA DOMBROSKI, PA-C, MEETS WITH PATIENTS COMING TO BEEBE WALKIN CARE.

WHERE ARE ALL THE DOCTORS?

Nationwide, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), reports a looming shortage of physicians.

NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE

The projections show that by 2025, the U.S will be facing a shortage of primary care physicians ranging from 14,900 and 35,600 physicians. In our area, there are already concerns about primary care physician shortages as the population of Sussex County continues to grow.

ADVANCED PRACTICE PROVIDERS

Both NPs and PAs are considered Advanced Practice Providers—meaning they fill the gap in healthcare where physicians may be in short supply. They may work independently or consult with physicians and specialists. Both NPs and PAs are nationally certified and licensed by the state in which they work.

FILLING THE GAP

By utilizing certified NPs and PAs, health systems such as Beebe can provide advanced care for the community, even when a physician is not available.

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If you’re sick, you’ll probably tell others that you are going to see the doctor. However, once at the healthcare practice, you may, instead, see a nurse practitioner or Physician Assistant. So, what’s the difference?

“Often, patients might feel slighted if they do not see a doctor. However, we find that after seeing an NP, those patients are happy with the care they received,” said Bobby Gulab, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Beebe Medical Group, Beebe’s employed physician group. “In many cases, seeing an NP or PA means you are still getting great quality of care, and often they have more availability on their schedules.” WHO ARE NPs AND PAs?

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are Advanced Practice providers, a rapidly growing group of health professionals who are being called upon more and more as communities experience doctor shortages. NPs and PAs often work in doctor’s offices, specialty care offices, and hospitals. They focus on diagnosing and managing patient health conditions, as well as preventing disease.

The education they receive, while similar, comes from different types of schools. PAs go to graduate school, and most PAs go on to earn a master's degree. Similarly, many nurse practitioners continue their education to receive advanced practice degrees. Many APRNs have completed a master’s or doctoral degree program with expansive clinical rotations and are board certified. WHAT ROLE DO NPs & PAs PLAY ON YOUR HEALTH TEAM?

“Here at Beebe, we are thinking outside the box to find more direct ways to connect patients in our community with care providers. NPs and PAs are an important part of that care network, providing care in locations including our Advanced Care Clinic, Walk-In Care locations, and primary and specialty offices,” said Dr. Gulab.

Both NPs and PAs can serve as primary care providers for patients. Both are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine.

This makes it especially important to have nurse practitioners and PAs to fill in the gaps and serve as the primary healthcare providers for patients, which takes some of the stress off of doctors.

Both are able to practice both independently and under the supervision of a physician. Both can diagnose, prescribe medications, and treat patients.

So, next time you call your physician’s office and are told the NP or PA are available to see you—don’t hesitate to accept the appointment.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NPs & PAs?

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N O UN RO I SUHR I S H

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE Many of our physician practices are also starting to use telemedicine. Here’s how: TO PROVIDE COUNSELING TO PATIENTS. At Beebe Cardiothoracic

Surgery, physicians recommend counseling for patients who have had a heart attack and need surgery. “Providing an option, in our office, for patients to speak to someone about the emotional changes they are experiencing is important,” said M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, board certified cardiac surgeon.

NE REALITY VIRTUAL IS OUR NEW TO CONSULT WITH OTHER DOCTORS ONLINE. In addition to providing

6 Eastern Sussex County is continuing to grow, and new residents rely on Beebe for their medical needs. That's why Beebe works to provide physicians and care providers right here in our region. In addition, Beebe also works to streamline the care process—for patients who need in-home care and to connect patients in our facilities to physicians and specialists across the region. Telemedicine is a growing practice, meaning our patients and care team here are connected digitally—via secure video link—to top specialists at regional facilities, allowing our patients to receive the best care right at their bedside. While the specialist is speaking to you via the video link, your medical files are also being transferred electronically—so your care team has all the information they need to provide you with the best care. ON-CALL, IN YOUR HOME Telemedicine is used by Beebe Home Care Services through their telehealth system. For home-bound clients, Beebe Home Care is able to keep them safely in their homes while providing on-site quality medical care. “Beebe Home Care has really been at the forefront when it comes to utilizing

telemedicine, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery has started teleconsulting. This service connects physicians and specialists so they can go over patient information and discuss the best, individualized treatment plan. “It’s really a win-win-win: a win for the primary care doctor, a win for myself to know about a patient before they come in, and certainly a huge win for the patient who will already have some answers prior to coming in for a first appointment,” said Kurt Wehberg, MD, board certified cardiothoracic surgeon.

telemedicine services,” said Dana Warrington, Director of Beebe Home Care Services. “It is really the best of both worlds because our care providers come meet with the clients regularly, and we can monitor their health remotely 24/7,” she added. EXTRA BRAIN POWER Care providers are also taking advantage of the benefits of telemedicine. Beebe has a partnership with Jefferson Neuroscience Network, so when a patient experiences a stroke in Lewes or has neurological symptoms, our care providers can utilize a teleconference with Jefferson experts. In some cases, treatment can be started here and in other cases, the patient is transferred up to Jefferson.

DIGITAL EXTENSION

Visit www.beebehealthcare.org/ innovation and read one client’s story and learn more about how Beebe Home Care’s telehealth technology keeps clients safe at home.


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NOURISH

Innovation in the Kitchen

WITHOUT OIL

Beebe Healthcare is the only provider of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine in Delaware. In the Ornish kitchen, Chef Miguel Cuevas teaches participants how to cook using plantbased ingredients. One of the most innovative methods of cooking that the Ornish program teaches is how to cook without oil.

OrnishAsian Stir Fry for a Crowd

HAVING SOME FRIENDS OVER AND LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY RECIPE? THIS ONE WILL HIT THE SPOT!

INGREDIENTS 1½ cups uncooked long-grain brown rice 18 ounces extra-firm tofu, preferably sprouted, drained, patted dry, and diced to equal 3 cups 1½ cups

yellow onion, chopped

1 Tbsp

garlic, minced or pressed

1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped or 1½ teaspoons if grated

INSTRUCTIONS 1 Prepare rice according to package instructions. (1½ cups of uncooked rice yields about 5 cups cooked.) Keep warm. 2

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To make the stir fry sauce, in a medium bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup hoisin mixed with two tablespoons water, the rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, and lime juice. Set aside.

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In a wok or large saute pan, combine onion, garlic, and ginger with ½ cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated— about 8-10 minutes.

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Add ½ cup water and the long beans. Raise heat to high and cook for 3 minutes.

1 cup long beans or green beans cut into 2-inch lengths 1½ cups

zucchini cut into ¾-inch chunks

1½ cups eggplant, preferably Asian eggplant, diced 1½ cups red bell pepper, seeded and diced ¼ cup

basil, chopped (optional)

FOR STIR FRY SAUCE 1/3 cup hoisin sauce 1 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce 1½ tsp lime juice

Line a sheet pan with paper towels and spread out diced tofu. Press down on tofu periodically with paper towels to help release any extra moisture.

To learn more about the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program at Beebe: www.beebehealthcare.org/ornish.

Watch Chef Miguel prepare this dish on our website: www.beebehealthcare.org/innovation.

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Then, add the zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and liquid has evaporated. Add a little more water if necessary.

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While veggies are cooking, you may add the tofu into the stir fry sauce and gently stir to coat. (Alternately, you may also just add each individually to the stir fry.) Finally, add the sauce and tofu into the vegetables. Stir until incorporated and cook until tofu is warmed through— about 3 minutes.

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Remove from heat and fold in basil. Season to taste with more chili garlic sauce if desired. Serve hot over cooked brown rice. Enjoy!


ASK THE CARE TEAM

For the Women

Steven Berlin, MD, OB/GYN with Beebe Women’s Healthcare – Bayside, has been practicing in the community for 25 years, and he’s dedicated to bringing our community the newest innovations in treatment and care. “For the past 25 years, I’ve made this my life’s career, and women’s health means more to me today than ever,” said Dr. Berlin. “My philosophy is to offer the best care, education, and support to the community in which I live.” Beebe Women’s Health is continuing to evolve with new in-office procedures and treatments as well as the addition of minimally invasive and robotically assisted surgical techniques. Dr. Berlin shares why he is excited for the future of care here at Beebe. WHAT ARE THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS THAT YOU ARE SEEING BOTH IN YOUR OFFICE AND AT BEEBE? DR. BERLIN: The team here at Bayside developed a very successful minimally invasive surgical program in Women’s Health and General Surgery. We have also seen recent improvements in breast cancer screening with 3D mammography, available in multiple locations such as Rehoboth Beach, Millville, and Georgetown. We are excited to join Beebe's Center for Robotic Surgery to offer robotically assisted gynecologic surgery for our patients. HOW ARE THESE ADVANCEMENTS HELPING PATIENTS? DR. BERLIN: Minimally invasive surgery offers less pain, quicker return to lifestyle, a more cosmetically pleasing result, less blood loss, decreased rate of infection, and a decreased need for narcotics. Early diagnosis is still the most important aspect of treatment, and we are finding that with today’s technology, we are able to find and treat illness earlier. HOW DOES BEEBE BRING INNOVATIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY? DR. BERLIN: By bringing the minimally invasive surgical program to Beebe in 2008, we have consistently attracted talented physicians and nurses to enhance the quality of care delivered. These physicians have continued to create new programs, bring new skills, provide new technology, and deliver a wide variety of services for the people in our community.

STEVEN BERLIN, MD, BEEBE WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE – BAYSIDE

For more information, contact Beebe's Women's Health Nurse Navigator, Carrie Snyder, at womenshealth@beebehealthcare.org or call (844) 316-3330. Beebe Women's Healthcare - Bayside: (302) 645-4700. Beebe Women's Healthcare - Plantations: (302) 480-1919.

A HEART FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Many Beebe physicians and team members tell us that they came to Beebe because they fell in love with the community. According to Dr. Berlin, he loves practicing in

Lewes because he gets a chance to truly know his patients and help them be healthier. “My children have grown up here, and I want their

future to include excellent healthcare, close to home,” Dr. Berlin said. “It’s rewarding when patients are satisfied leaving our office because they are receiving excellent care

from the staff and doctors. My patients leave my office healthier than when they walked in the door, and that is because we treat them the same as we would treat our own family.”

Beebe Medical Foundation is accepting gifts for the Women's & Children's Floor planned for the new Specialty Surgical Hospital at the Rehoboth Beach Health Campus on Route 24. Learn more: (302) 644-2900.


WELLNESS

Healthcare may not be the first industry to come to mind when you picture the top creative thinkers and innovators of our time. However, creativity and innovation are both crucial to the ways Beebe Healthcare is planning for the patient care of the future.

The Next Generation of Clinical Innovation

INNOVATION


WELLNESS

WHERE INNOVATION & CREATIVITY MEET IN THE PAST YEAR, Beebe launched its Center for Robotic Surgery with the addition of Kurt Wehberg, MD, board certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in robotically assisted surgery. In addition to practicing medicine with Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Wehberg is also Vice President of Clinical Innovation.

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Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.

“In my role at Beebe, I am working with the clinical teams to truly focus on innovation—in all meanings of the word. This starts from the patient experience, from the moment a patient walks in the door, and goes throughout the organization to include stateof-the-art techniques, procedures, and skills,” Dr. Wehberg says. “We are building on a Culture of Excellence. This is the standard we are setting for all of Beebe’s services. And, we hope the work being done here, in our community, will soon disseminate to the entire state to promote innovation and the best standards for our patients.”

” INNOVATION ROUNDU —THEODORE LEVITT, AN ECONOMIST, PROFESSOR, AND FORMER EDITOR OF HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

From the front lines of clinical care to more behind-the-scenes improvements, innovation happens throughout Beebe Healthcare. Here are some ways that Beebe is thinking of the future—and Creating the Next Generation of Care for our community.


WELLNESS

KURT WEHBERG, MD, CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEON, CENTER FOR ROBOTIC SURGERY

ROBOTIC GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY

This year, Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery added gynecologic surgery to its offerings with the certification of Katrin Arnolds, MD, and Cathleen Doane-Wilson, MD. Both Dr. Arnolds and Dr. DoaneWilson performed robotically assisted gynecologic surgeries prior to joining Beebe and were re-certified through Beebe’s program.

“By bringing everyone together, we really get the best outcomes for our patients,” says Dr. Wehberg. “Utilizing the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System—the latest advancement in robotic surgery—we are then able to get the patient in for surgery and back to their lives, often in about 24 hours.”

“Robotically assisted laparoscopy is extremely precise and elegant. The surgical platform eliminates tremor and the degree of motion achieved is higher (540 degrees of rotation with the da Vinci EndoWrist), compared to the human hand,” says Dr. Arnolds. “I am proud to be a member of the surgical team here at Beebe because we all work together to bring innovative thinking to our procedures.” See Parting Shot on Page 16 to learn more about Karen Coty, a patient of Dr. Arnolds. Read Karen’s story online: www.beebehealthcare.org/karen.

Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery has launched new programs for thoracic (lung) patients, including weekly Pulmonary Nodule Clinics and teleconsulting, which allows a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists to discuss the best treatment plan for each patient.

Patients like Charley Senick of Millsboro can testify to the ease and success of Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery. “It was incredible,” Charley says. “I went in for surgery Thursday morning, was drinking coffee and sitting in a chair by the next morning, and in the car headed home by lunch on Friday. Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery is truly innovation at work.” Read Charley’s story online at www.beebehealthcare.org/charley. Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery, with long-time board certified cardiothoracic surgeon M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has expanded to include Mudiwa Munyikwa, MD, board certified general surgeon specializing in thoracic procedures, Edward Stephenson, Jr., MD, board certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in cardiac surgery, and a host of physician assistants, including Alice Isidro, PA-C, the thoracic oncology coordinator.

“Operating with the da Vinci platform enhances a surgeon’s touch and eliminates unnecessary moves. It has the ability to do the smallest incisions and a wide range of motion—it’s only possible with this technology,” she says.

“This is a great team to work with here at Beebe because everyone is completely dedicated to the patients. It’s family caring for family, and we aim to be the best while still treating you as family,” Dr. Wehberg says.

KATRIN ARNOLDS, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN, GYNECOLOGIC SURGEON, CENTER FOR ROBOTIC SURGERY

UP PATIENT EXPERIENCE

Learn more at www. beebehealthcare.org/ robotic-gyn.

Changes to the registration process have improved the experience of patients needing radiologic testing, such as X-rays or CT scans. A standardized training program and order guides, along with changes to the layout of the registration desk, are key changes that have made a big impact, like significantly improving the accuracy of entering orders and reducing wait times for patients.

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WELLNESS

BARIATRIC & GENERAL SURGERY

Michael Sofronski, MD, was interested in joining the Center for Robotic Surgery as soon as he learned about it. As a board certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery, Dr. Sofronski knew robotically assisted surgery was a great option for his patients. “I was excited to learn the robotics system because it is an excellent platform for bariatric surgery,” Dr. Sofronski says. “I now perform all of my elective bariatric and general surgery cases robotically. This technology will become the standard of care.”

MICHAEL SOFRONSKI, MD, BARIATRIC & GENERAL SURGEON, CENTER FOR ROBOTIC SURGERY

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General surgeons perform cholecystectomies, hernia repair, colon surgery, and gall bladder surgery robotically. As a bariatric surgeon, Sofronski also performs gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and lap band removal surgeries using the da Vinci Xi Robotic System.

Since starting robotic procedures here, Dr. Sofronski reports that patients now only need to stay in the hospital for about 30 hours, a 13-hour reduction in the length of stay. In addition to allowing patients to go home sooner, this also reduces the risk of infection from being in the hospital.

“Innovation to me means thinking ahead and recognizing where a technological advancement will occur. Beebe is a very forwardthinking organization and that creativity and innovation establishes our health system as a leader in the delivery of care to our patients,” Dr. Sofronski says. “I continue to look toward the future and am excited to roll out single incision robotic surgeries once the technology is available.”

VASCULAR SURGERY

Beebe Healthcare is Creating the Next Generation of Care, starting with the ongoing construction at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. Steel beams are now rising from the ground near our historic façade to craft the future home of a hybrid operating room and additional cardiac cath lab and electrophysiology lab space.

Soon, expert vascular surgeons, including Kevin Caldwell, MD, Carlos Neves, MD, and Sean Ryan, MD, will begin performing the first procedures in this high-tech operating theater. “A hybrid operating room will let us perform many facets of patient care all in one state-of-the-art operating theater,” says Dr. Neves. Instead of a patient having one procedure on one day, then coming back the next week for another test or procedure, everything can be done at once in one operating room with the best imaging technology available. “At Beebe, the care providers and team members work as a family to provide the best care for our patients,” says Dr. Neves. “We want our patients and community to know that they are getting the best care, care we would want our own family members to have. With all the innovation, we are able to provide minimally invasive procedures available in big cities here in our local community. I hope that our patients can appreciate CARLOS the effort, NEVES, MD, VASCULAR dedication, time, SURGEON and teamwork that goes into patient care here at Beebe.”

Many of the innovative programs and projects at Beebe Healthcare are funded through the generous support of our community. Funds are donated through Beebe Medical Foundation. Learn more: www.beebemedicalfoundation.org or call (302) 644-2900.

Fast-Pass, Beebe’s new computer-based visitor management system, creates a real-time record of visitors and enables staff at Beebe’s Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to quickly determine who is in the building at any given time. Fast-Pass both improves response times in the event of an emergency or security threat, and allows repeat visitors to enjoy a faster check-in process.

FASTPASS


IN THE KNOW

MALICK ISLAM, MD, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, AND CARDIOLOGY

THEN & NOW

13 YEARS

OF TRANSFORMATION AVERAGE TIME SPENT IN SURGERY

2.21 1.42

CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY CARDIOLOGY

HOURS

Who knew that innovation could fit in the palm of your hand? Malick Islam, MD, is Beebe’s very own heart rhythm specialist. He is board certified in electrophysiology, cardiology, and internal medicine. Beebe’s cardiac cath lab and electrophysiology lab are utilizing the latest—and perhaps smallest—advances in heart innovations today. “Electrophysiology is one of the most technologically advanced and innovative fields in medicine. My goal is to provide our patients with the latest available technologies,” says Dr. Islam. The most recent addition to Beebe’s state of the art electrophysiology program is the WATCHMAN™ device, which has been created to enable patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) to have a life free from blood thinners. “I’ve seen the WATCHMAN drastically improve my patients’ quality of life and give them a newfound peace of mind,” Dr. Islam says. “Another device I am excited to bring to Beebe is the Micra™ leadless pacemaker, which is the size of a prenatal vitamin. Once implanted in the heart it has a battery life of up to 12 years.” As if these two micro-devices weren’t enough, Beebe is now also using the HD Grid Mapping Catheter to create high-density electrophysiologic maps for abnormal heart rhythms. This enables the team to create a more detailed map of the heart arrhythmia, which significantly improves their ability to diagnose and treat the heart rhythm issue. Beebe is one of the first centers on the East Coast to start using this catheter system.

HOURS

2005 2018

AVERAGE RECOVERY TIME AFTER SURGERY

1.46 HOURS

1.03 HOURS

INPATIENT STAYS

ED VISITS

40,175 48,599

8,692 10,534

CAPITAL & ENDOWMENT FUND MONEY RAISED

3.7 $ 21.3 $

MILLION MILLION

Donations from the “I Believe in Beebe” Campaign are supporting the new cath and electrophysiology lab.

Many of the projects at Beebe Healthcare are made possible by generous donations from the community through Beebe Medical Foundation. To learn about giving opportunities, go to www.beebemedicalfoundation.org or call (302) 644-2900.

CLINICAL PERFORMANCE GROUPS

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Beebe's Tunnell Cancer Center launched Clinical Performance Groups (CPGs) to ensure patients receive timely, comprehensive and seamless care at every touch point. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the CPGs ensure standardized clinical pathways, and develop disease-specific programs and care models to achieve best patient outcomes. “Cancer patients are already experiencing a difficult time in life, so we want to make sure our patients have the best experience,” says Kathy Cook, MSN, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator at Tunnell.


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EARLIEST RECORD of dry cupping, used by ancient Egyptians and still in use today.

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WEEKS WITH ORNISH Lifestyle Medicine can significantly reduce high blood pressure.

HELEN “LISA” MERRICK, NP, BEEBE INTERNAL MEDICINE – LEWES

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NURSE PRACTITIONERS decide to work in primary care, many in rural areas.

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save the date MAY 13

THE CLASSIC AT BAYWOOD GREENS

Come and support Beebe Healthcare’s Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center with a golf tournament on MONDAY, MAY 13, AT 11 A.M. AT BAYWOOD GREENS (32267 Clubhouse Way, Millsboro). Tickets are also available for happy hour and dinner following the tournament. For more information or to register, visit www.beebemedicalfoundation.org/ baywood-golf-classic/.

JUNE 20

PROGRESS FOR PROSTATE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Join us on THURSDAY, JUNE 20, AT 8 A.M. AT CRIPPLE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB (29494 Cripple Creek Drive, Dagsboro) for an annual golf tournament benefiting men’s health at Beebe Healthcare. By participating you can help fight this disease that takes the lives of over 30,000 men each year. For information or to register, visit www.beebemedicalfoundation.org/progress-for-prostategolf-tournament/.

BREASTFEEDING

Join other breastfeeding mothers for an informal gathering of emotional support and encouragement THE 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, FROM 11 A.M. TO NOON, AT BEEBE’S GEORGETOWN CAMPUS (21635 Biden Ave., Georgetown). The group is free to join and is led by Beebe’s internationally certified lactation consultants. FOR MORE INFO, CALL (302) 645-3577.

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PARTING SHOT

I can’t thank everyone at Beebe enough. My wellbeing was their top priority. I needed to get back to my children. I needed to be there for them. I also needed to get back to the classroom. That was important to me, and everyone at Beebe recognized that. That made all the difference for me.

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When Karen Coty started having unexplained cramps, she went to Katrin Arnolds, MD, FACOG, gynecologic surgeon with Beebe Women's Healthcare — Plantations. READ KAREN’S STORY Visit beebehealthcare.org/Karen to read more about Karen’s story.

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Rehoboth Couple

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Emilie Paternoster and Monica Parr did what so many couples do: For many years, they traveled back and forth from their Baltimore home to their second home in Rehoboth Beach on weekholidays. They finally moved to the beach community they love in 2005. ends and Emilie worked in the health information management profession and is now a volunteer member of Beebe’s Patient Advisory Council. Monica worked in sales training and management for Black & Decker and now works as administrative coordinator for CAMP Rehoboth. Both Emilie and Monica have been involved with CAMP Rehoboth since its inception in 1990. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY HEALTH Emilie and Monica make their Annual Fund leadership gift of $1,916 each year through recurring payments of $160 per month. They also support Beebe by attending the annual Beebe Ball and Beebe Bash and bidding on auction items at these special events. “I am so grateful to have Beebe in our community. Their care, their constant attention to detail, and their follow-up are stellar,” says Emilie. “I encourage everyone to support and donate to Beebe, our local, not-for-profit, community healthcare system.”

BEEBE’S EXCITING FUTURE When asked why they support Beebe with their Annual Fund leadership gift of $1,916 each year, Monica responded, “We give because we believe in Beebe! We believe Beebe has a great leadership team in place and we joined to support the continued growth of the organization. The expansion of the Beebe Healthcare delivery network is very exciting! We think the leadership has taken a very smart approach to this expansion.”

HOW TO GIVE BACK There are so many ways to support your local healthcare system. Most donors make outright gifts of cash, while others make gifts of appreciated stock. In addition, the IRA Required Minimum Distribution for donors over 70 years old can be turned into an IRA Charitable Rollover and sent directly to Beebe Medical Foundation, providing a tax benefit to the donor.

To learn more about the many ways to give to Beebe, including planned gifts and tribute gifts in honor or memory of someone, contact Beebe Medical Foundation at foundation@beebehealthcare.org, call (302) 644-2900, or go to www.beebemedicalfoundation.org.

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