The 7th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon and Fashion Show to take place September 18 at Baywood Greens

August 30, 2013
Beebe electrophysiologist Firas El Sabbagh, MD, pictured here, is performing an ablation to treat the patient’s atrial fibrillation (A-fib). The ablation, performed at the hospital while the patient is under conscious sedation, removes or melts away diseased tissue in the heart using a catheter to deliver radiofrequency energy. The tissue was causing the patient’s irregular heartbeat. BY SCOTT NATHAN

Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of men and women.  In the United States, one out of every four women dies of heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.


To raise awareness about heart disease in women, the American Heart Association in 2004 kicked off the Go Red for Women social and educational initiative, which includes an annual fundraising luncheon bringing women together to learn more about the disease so that they can empower themselves.


Beebe Medical Center will sponsor the 7th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon and Fashion Show Wednesday, September 18, at the Clubhouse at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The cost is $30 a person.


Keynote speaker will be electrophysiologist Firas El-Sabbagh, MD., a cardiologist specialized in treating patients for arrhythmias and other electrical disorders of the heart.


Dr. El-Sabbagh joined the Beebe Medical Center staff in 2012 from University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he gained specialized training and experience in treating electrical disorders of the heart. Dr. El-Sabbagh, who has a private office in Lewes and Millsboro, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He also is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society(FHRS).  He sees patients at his office and he also performs specialized procedures at Beebe Medical Center.


As an extra addition to the luncheon event, community health nurses from the Beebe Medical Center’s Population Health Department will be providing blood pressure screenings for those attending the luncheon from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


Co-Chairs of the event are Pat Sandy of the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary and Donna Streletzky, Vice President of Operations at Beebe Medical Center. For tickets, contact either Pat Sandy at 226-7732 or Muriel Pfeiffer at 947-2640.


Choices for the lunch entrée are: chef salad, chef’s quiche with side house salad, and a vegetable Panini with portabella mushroom and with a pasta salad. Checks, for $30 per person, are to be made to the American Heart Association/So DE. They should be sent to: Muriel Pfeiffer, 13 Apache Ave., Millsboro, DE, 19966.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care.  The Medical Center has received the Heathgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for four years in a row (2010-2013). It is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and for hip and knee replacement surgical programs. It is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and named a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS). For more information, please visit us online at