Walkers beat the street for heart health

Beebe Medical Foundation raises funds for cardiac program
Some of the first walkers prepare to make the turn onto Savannah Road near the start of the 5K course in Lewes. BY RON MACARTHUR
September 18, 2013

The streets of Lewes were filled with walkers Sep. 8 taking part in the fourth annual Beebe Medical Foundation Treat the Beat 5K Walk to support cardiac and vascular services at Beebe Medical Center.

More than 200 people walked a 3.1-mile course on the sidewalks of Lewes starting and ending at George H.P. Smith Park at Blockhouse Pond.

Mid-Atlantic Family Practice was title sponsor for the fourth year in a row. Jeffrey Heckert, MD, FAAFP, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, was this year’s honorary chairman. In the fall of 2012, Heckert underwent life-saving heart surgery at Beebe Medical Center; he credits the staff and surgeons for his recovery.

This year's top individual fundraiser, Roxanne Sordi, received dinner for two at Striper Bites and the top fundraising team, Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, received sport arm bands for electronic devices.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women across the nation. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart.

Beebe Medical Center’s cardiac and vascular services provide care for patients with diseases of the heart and arteries. Services include: cardiac surgery; vascular surgery; interventional cardiology; cardiac rhythm management;electrophysiology services;, cardiac and vascular diagnostic testing; and cardiac rehabilitation services.

Healthgrades® ranked Beebe Medical Center No. 1 on Delmarva for vascular surgery as well as No. 1 in Delaware for cardiology services in 2013, and gave it a 5-star rating for carotid surgery.

Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Medical Center. The website is; the hospital's website is