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Beebe breaks ground on family medical residency clinic

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As Sussex County continues to grow faster than the rest of Delaware, Beebe Healthcare hopes to address those needs through a new clinic.

Beebe Healthcare broke ground on the new Family Medicine Residency Clinic Thursday, March 21./PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE HEALTHCARE

MILLSBORO — As Sussex County continues to grow faster than the rest of Delaware, Beebe Healthcare hopes to address those needs by breaking ground on a new clinic at its Long Neck Health Center on March 21.

The new clinic, funded in part by community donations and a $1 million grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s donor-advised fund BluePrints for the Community, will house Beebe’s Family Medicine Residency program which is growing along with the expansion project. 

“The new clinic seals Beebe’s residency program as a special offering for prospective residents and victory for access for Sussex Countians,” Beebe’s Family Medicine Residency Program Director Dr. Joyce Robert said in a press release. “A recently renovated Shaw Building which houses the R. Randall Rollins Center for Medical Education – in combination with this new outpatient location – pairs Beebe’s clinical excellence with its 108-year legacy in an area that is rapidly growing and in need of primary care services.”

Four resident physicians, who were brought on board last July, currently work out of the primary care office at that Long Neck location, the local hospital and other locations throughout Sussex County. Another four resident physicians were announced in March and the last four will be announced in March 2025.

In total, f 12 resident physicians who will work out of the new facility once it opens and accepts patients.

The residency program offers more healthcare options to underserved populations while offering experience in those areas to up and coming medical professionals. 

Dr. Monica Javadian, a first year resident, said she’s excited for the opportunity to expand on her expertise and offer her diverse medical knowledge to more residents. 

 “One of the big focuses of the clinic is actually going to be LGBTQ care and gender affirming care. For me, it will mean that I will be able to really help more people because we’re going to approach it from a more sensitive way with trainings and being mindful when it comes to pronouns. It has to be a big focus because of how Sussex County is growing,” Javadian told the Delaware Business Times. She added that immigrants and other communities in the county also need improved access to care.

Javadian said the facility will also house community services to help community members get on their feet like English as a second language classes, job search help and more. 

“At the end of the day, no matter what community you’re a part of, it’s still community and we want to be here for that,” she told DBT.

Beebe estimates that the new clinic will be completed closer to March of 2025 when all 12 resident physicians will be in place who will be able to provide about 7,000 primary care appointments. 

“Access to primary care is one of our strategic pillars for the future of healthcare in Sussex County,” Beebe Healthcare Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Dr. Paul Sierzenski said in a statement. “It is significant that Beebe is training our own physicians who could possibly stay in Sussex County. Many residents choose to stay where they completed their residency. It’s just one more way Beebe is addressing the community’s need for primary care.”

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