PAM Health held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 21 to officially opens its new PAM Rehabilitation Hospital at 22303 DuPont Highway in Georgetown. The project is in partnership with Bayhealth.
Staff, administration and elected officials gathered to celebrate the opening, joining a PAM facility in Dover and one proposed at the Bayhealth Sussex Campus in Milford.
PAM Health Georgetown CEO George DelFarno said success stories have been taking place since the facility opened Dec. 20.
“Yesterday, a man walked for the first time in two-and-a-half months after suffering a catastrophic injury. His family and his team were all crying,” he said. “People come here on a stretcher and walk out under their own power.”
DelFarno said the need for a facility in the Georgetown area was identified as soon as the Dover facility opened, and the Georgetown site was selected in 2019.
PAM Health founder and CEO Anthony Misitano thanked Bayhealth for its support of the project.
“The building is amazing, but it’s not the building, it’s the people who provide care inside. We have an amazing team with a goal of making life better for our patients,” he said.
PAM Health operates 70 rehabilitation and specialty hospitals and outpatient centers throughout the country.
Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, said it’s important to have medical care such as this close to home so people don’t have to drive out of town.
“Providing care where people live is a model we need to push everywhere,” he said.
Sussex County Council members Cindy Green and Mark Schaeffer also attended the ceremony.
Georgetown Mayor Bill West said the facility provides good jobs for young people, meaning they don’t have to leave their hometown to find employment.
“The new facility and our partnership with PAM elevates the service we provide to our communities,” said Bayhealth Senior Vice President John Van Gorp.
The hospital, with 34 private in-patient rooms, provides care for recovery from stroke, amputation, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, neurological and orthopedic conditions, wounds, spinal cord injuries and respiratory failure.
For more information, go to pamhealth.com.