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Beebe Healthcare to resume elective surgeries

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Beebe Healthcare announced it will resume surgieries that require an overnight stay at the hospital this week.| PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE HEALTHCARE

LEWES  – Beebe Healthcare has resumed elective surgical procedures requiring an overnight stay at the hospital, which started in September after seeing a high level of COVID-19 patients.

Beebe officials announced that the volume of hospitalized COVID patients had dropped to a level that allows Beebe leadership to resume surgeries as of this week. Hospital officials will monitor this fluid surge and make determinations as needed based on COVID-19 hospitalization volume.

“This continues to be a very challenging time, although we are encouraged and hopeful that this downward trend in COVID hospitalizations will continue,” Beebe Healthcare CEO David Tam said in a prepared statement. “Beebe leadership remains committed to the healthcare needs of the community and to supporting Team Beebe needs as we move through this pandemic. Thanks for your continued support of Beebe and the hard-working team that makes this possible.”

Beebe Healthcare was one of three hospitals in Delaware that suspended surgeries that require overnight stays, with their pause starting on Sept. 14. TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford announced a similar pause around the same time, and ChristianaCare postponed some non-elective procedures.

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