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Beebe buys land for future hybrid ER at $12M

Katie Tabeling
Beebe Healthcare Lewes Campus. | PHOTO BY KATIE TABELING

Beebe Healthcare has bought land in Millsboro for its next biggest project. | DBT PHOTO BY KATIE TABELING

MILLSBORO — Beebe Healthcare acquired the land for its future hybrid emergency department and ambulatory campus for $12 million last month.

Lencraft Commercial LLC sold the land to Beebe on Jan. 19, less than a month after the southern Delaware health care system received approval from state regulators to build a hybrid ER and walk-in facility.

The land covers 41 acres at the corner of the U.S. Route 113 and Hardscrabble Road, and roughly 3 miles north of Millsboro limits.

Beebe officials have yet to outline a specific construction timeline for the project, though plans filed with the Delaware Health Resource Board show a vision for a campus.

That includes a 72,000-square-foot ambulatory care building on 26 acres, with 360 parking spaces, as well as a 24,000-square-foot hybrid ER facility. The hybrid ER facility will share space with walk-in clinical services, and it will have 10 emergency exam rooms, 10 walk-in rooms as well as advanced diagnostic imaging. 

Two of the emergency rooms will be dedicated to pediatric cases. In addition, Beebe plans on leasing space to Nemours Children’s Health System for a rotation of providers, much like Bayhealth has partnership with the children’s care facility at its Milford campus.

Plans also include building a helicopter pad to be constructed to help transport serious cases to Beebe’s main campus in Lewes or to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia or Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, as needed.

Total cost for the hybrid facility is anticipated at $32 million at this time.


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