The Ultimate Guide to Hospitals in Delaware 2016

Everything you need to know about the state’s healthcare facilities.


Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State St., Dover, 674-4700

Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital
21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford, 422-3311

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Bayhealth was formed in January 1997 when Kent General Hospital, founded in 1927, and Milford Memorial Hospital, founded in 1938, merged to create a not-for-profit healthcare system. Now central and southern Delaware’s largest health care system, Bayhealth has more than 55 locations including physician practices employed by Bayhealth Medical Group, outpatient diagnostic centers, high school wellness centers, the Ambulatory Surgical Center, occupational health centers and the Bayhealth Emergency Center in Smyrna. Bayhealth is staffed by more than 3,200 employees and 400 physicians. It is an affiliate of Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular, Cancer, Orthopaedics, and Neurosurgery.

In 2014, Bayhealth was named one of Heathgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, Bayhealth Kent General earned Top Performer on Key Quality Measures recognition from The Joint Commission, Bayhealth Stroke Center received a Get With the Guidelines Bronze Award, and Bayhealth Kent General and Milford Memorial hospitals earned Baby-Friendly status.

In 2015, Bayhealth earned the prestigious Magnet designation in recognition of nursing excellence. With this achievement, Bayhealth joins the Magnet community—a select group of 410 out of nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations. Magnet designation honors healthcare organizations for nursing professionalism, teamwork, quality patient care and innovations in nursing practice.

In fiscal year 2015, Bayhealth recorded 91,464 emergency department visits, 18,420 patients admitted to beds and 2,317 births. Last year, Bayhealth provided approximately $46.3 million in unreimbursed care to patients.

Bayhealth Kent General offers an array of services, including cardiac surgery and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations; neurological and spine care; minimally invasive and robotic surgery; family-centered birth services and neonatal care; cancer care and clinical trials; orthopedic and rehabilitation services; advanced digital imaging; inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care; intensive, intermediate and coronary care; and a 24-hour emergency department.

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In recent years Bayhealth Kent General opened a 35,000-square-foot integrated cancer center and a new ER with 39 treatment bays. In 2015, a 32-bed intermediate care unit with all private rooms opened. The Progressive Care Unit also includes four rooms that can accommodate bariatric patients.

Orthopedic and rehabilitative services include the latest surgical approaches for joint replacement—such as anterior hip surgery—and minimally invasive methods to repair sports-related injuries. Physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy services are available on an outpatient and home service basis. 

For obstetric and newborn care, the hospital offers private rooms and care for high-risk deliveries and premature infants. It also provides sleep-disorder evaluation, respiratory care, wound care and more. Bayhealth’s two hospitals are among an exclusive group of around 200 hospitals and birth centers, out of 3,000 eligible facilities in the United States, who have achieved Baby-Friendly status.

Bayhealth Milford Memorial offers services that include diagnostic imaging, family-centered birth services, cancer care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care, and a 24-hour emergency department.

Its Total Joint Center provides specialized orthopedic care for patients recovering from joint replacement surgeries. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center has a comprehensive therapy program for those impaired by stroke, neurological disorders, accidents, arthritis and other disabling impairments, offering physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. 

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The center, accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, received the W.L. (Bill) Gore Award of Excellence.

The hospital’s 12,000 square-foot-cancer center provides radiation therapy and chemotherapy services as well as clinical trials. Other services include a state-of-the-art maternity care, diagnostic imaging, a sleep-disorders center and fitness center.

In 2019, an innovative new health campus will open for the people of southern Delaware. The new health campus project will include an inpatient hospital with state-of-the-art technology, patient friendly access and private rooms designed around patient needs. Complemented by a robust array of finely coordinated outpatient and diagnostic services, the new health campus creates a unique patient experience. It will be built with the vision of providing expert comprehensive health care to the community for many decades to come, throughout each stage of life—and all in one easily accessible location.


Beebe Healthcare 

Bayhealth Kent General Hospital

Beebe Healthcare

424 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-3300

Beebe Healthcare offers an array of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services. Founded in 1916 by two physician brothers, Drs. James Beebe and Richard C. Beebe, the medical center in Lewes is a 210-bed, licensed, not-for-profit community hospital. Beebe’s specialized services include cardiovascular, oncology, women’s health and orthopedics.

Beebe Healthcare offers multiple health evaluations and educational events each year, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and other free and reduced-cost screenings. Its Department of Integrative Health offers relaxation and life-enhancement programs to help people cope with stress and improve overall health.

Beebe also partners with the YMCA, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association to offer programs and raise money for research. Several local support programs use Beebe facilities, including the Diabetes Support Group and Cancer Buddies.

Beebe was a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2013 and is a Five-Star Recipient for total knee replacement for 13 years in a row (2004-2016) and a Five-Star Recipient for spinal fusion surgery for seven years in a row (2010-2016). It has been the recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence Award for 10 years in a row (2007-2016) and is a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2016.

Beebe is an accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, meaning it provides a nationally recognized standard of care.

In 2014, Beebe was the first hospital in Delaware to be designated baby-friendly by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Beebe’s Outpatient Services include Walk-In Care, Lab Express, Diagnostic Imaging and Physical Rehabilitation Services with convenient locations throughout Sussex County. Other services include Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, Diabetes Management, Gull House Adult Activities Center and Home Care Services. The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes recently opened its renovated facility that includes state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and high fidelity simulation labs.

In 2016, Beebe Healthcare is celebrating its 100th anniversary with programs and events in Sussex County throughout the year.


Christiana Hospital 

Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, 733-1000

Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th St., Wilmington, 733-1000

Christiana Care Health System is one of the country’s largest healthcare systems, ranking as the 21st leading hospital in the nation and 10th on the East Coast in terms of admissions. 

The health system includes The Christiana Care Medical Group, a network of primary care physicians, medical and surgical specialists as well as home health care, preventive medicine, rehabilitation services and patient/family advisors for core healthcare services.

A not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women’s health services.

Christiana Care has an extensive range of outpatient services, and through Christiana Care Quality Partners, Christiana Care works closely with its medical staff to achieve better health, better access to care and low cost. Christiana Care is home to Delaware’s only Level I trauma center, the highest capability center and the only one of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Christiana Care also features a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, the only delivering hospital in Delaware that offers this highest level of care to the most critically ill newborns. Christiana Care includes two hospitals with 1,100 patient beds.

With 11,100 employees, Christiana Care is the largest private employer in Delaware and among the top 10 in the Philadelphia region. In fiscal year 2015, Christiana Care had more than $1.6 billion in total patient revenue and provided the community $16.9 million in charity care (at cost).


Nanticoke Health Services 

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

801 Middleford Road, Seaford, 629-6611

Nanticoke Health Services includes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the Nanticoke Physician Network. Nanticoke Health Services has been named one of the Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for five years in a row. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds a Level III Trauma Center certification and is the only hospital on the Delmarva Peninsula to receive a 4-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nanticoke is nationally certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Gold Plus Award performer according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program. Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Services holds Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Nanticoke’s medical staff includes over 155 active and community affiliate health care providers practicing in 40 different specialties.

The Nanticoke Physician Network includes a group of over 50 employed physicians and healthcare providers. Office locations can be found in Seaford, Laurel, Bridgeville and Georgetown, as well as in Federalsburg and Hurlock, Md. In addition, this group operates three Immediate Care locations in Seaford, Laurel and Georgetown. 


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, 651-4000

What began in 1940 as a pediatric orthopedic institute is now a world-renowned, full-service children’s hospital. Located on 300 acres of lush gardens just outside of Wilmington, the 200-bed Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers a tranquil setting in which to heal. 

In 2014, the hospital completed a 450,000-square-foot expansion, featuring all single-patient rooms, an expanded emergency department and intensive-care unit, and the addition of amenities for patients, families and caregivers.

Consistently named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, duPont Hospital for Children offers intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services in more than 30 specialties. Programs in orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiac surgery, cancer, bone marrow and organ transplantation attract patients from around the world. And as Delaware’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center, the hospital is equipped to handle any emergency. 

The hospital has an academic affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is committed to training the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. In addition, an active biomedical research department has a long-standing commitment to scholarly and scientific endeavors directed toward improving the health of children. 

The nonprofit hospital is part of the Nemours Children’s Health System, an internationally recognized organization that also owns and operates Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs. Nemours Health & Prevention Services has taken a leading role in the fight against childhood obesity, while Nemours BrightStart helps put children on the road to reading success at an early age. Nemours’ is the world’s most visited pediatric healthcare website for parents, kids and teens.


Saint Francis Healthcare 

St. Francis Hospital 

701 N. Clayton St., Wilmington, 421-4100

Saint Francis Healthcare, a part of Trinity Health, has served Delaware for more than 90 years as a compassionate, quality healthcare provider. Saint Francis offers cardiovascular services, emergency and prompt care services, hematology-oncology, comprehensive women’s health services, family medicine and  primary care services, the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, gastroenterology services, Surgical and da Vinci Surgical System services, the Advanced Wound Care Center, imaging services and radiology, a Sleep Center, Saint Francis at Home, outpatient physical therapy and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Healthcare is affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.


Wilmington VA Medical Center

Wilmington VA Medical Center

1601 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 994-2511

President Harry S. Truman approved the establishment of a Wilmington Veterans Administration Hospital in 1946. Construction was completed in 1950, making the Wilmington VAMC the ninth VA hospital to open after World War II. 

Since its inception, the Wilmington VAMC’s mission is providing quality health services to veterans and as a health- care teaching entity. The organization is also known as the VA Delaware and Southern New Jersey Healthcare System, recognizing its far-reaching geographic and clinical efforts and responsibilities. 

The Wilmington campus consists of the 60-bed Medical Center, a 60-bed Community Living Center and a Veterans Benefits Administration facility. The organization also operates five community-based outpatient clinics serving southern Delaware and southern New Jersey. More than 22,000 veterans are treated at the facility and account for more than 150,000 outpatient visits.

The center is a Clinical Referral Level 2 complexity facility, providing a full range of clinical services with state-of-the-art technology. Comprehensive healthcare is provided through primary and long-term care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Wilmington VAMC is a part of a regional network of nine Veterans Affairs facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Wilmington VA reaches out to military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to help them make a transition to veterans’ healthcare via the Post Deployment Health Risk Assessment program. VA outreach efforts also include letters and phone calls to recently discharged servicemen and women. Services include outpatient substance abuse and mental-health care, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and intensive case management. Wilmington also works with the Vet Center, offering readjustment services to veterans, focusing primarily on military trauma and family-issues counseling.

Wilmington maintains medical affiliations with top medical schools, supporting the VA’s educational mission. Major medical affiliations are maintained with the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of Maryland. Allied affiliations support programs in nursing, dental technology, dietetics, social work and pharmacy. More than 200 medical residents receive part of their training at this facility every year.

The facility maintains its accreditation by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Generally, anyone who served at least two years in active military service and was discharged with any rating other than dishonorable is eligible for VA benefits and healthcare services.

Veterans can call 994-2511, ext. 5212, or (800) 461-8262, ext. 5212, for healthcare information. For benefit information, call (800) 827-1000.  

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