With a snip of the scissors by Dr. Luis Castro, a ribbon was cut June 9 to open the Beebe Healthcare walk-in care facility at the new Specialty Surgical Hospital off Warrington Road and Healthy Way near Rehoboth Beach.
The center has been relocated from the adjacent Route 24 Beebe campus. Work is underway to covert that site to the Beebe Center for Breast Health, which is expected to open this fall.
Rick Schaffner, Beebe executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the walk-in care center is the final project under the multiyear, $200 million Beebe capital campaign, which included two major construction projects – the Specialty Surgical Hospital and the Beebe South Coastal Cancer Center in Frankford.
Stephen Keiser, Beebe Medical Group vice president of operations, said the Rehoboth site is the busiest of all Beebe walk-in care centers, with other locations in Georgetown, Millsboro and Millville. Keiser said the centers will have 75,000 appointments this year, and the enlarged Rehoboth site, which is 40 percent larger, will allow for care of even more people. He said walk-in centers are also being planned for Milford, Milton and Selbyville.
In addition, Keiser said, the Beebe Medical Group has hired 23 new primary care providers over the past three years and added four new primary care practices in Milford, Long Neck, Lewes and Millsboro. Beebe now has nearly 50 primary-care providers and 14 practices.
Operating days and hours remain the same for the Rehoboth walk-in center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
Walk-ins are welcome, but Beebe also allows patients to preregister online for an appointment, which typically expedites a sick visit. Walk-ins also have telemedicine services available. For options, go to beebehealthcare.org/services/walk-care.
Beebe walk-in care offers routine sports physicals and treats these common ailments:
- Eye and ear infections
- Urinary tract and bladder infections
- Sprains and minor injuries
- Minor gastrointestinal complaints
- Skin problems such as minor rashes and burns
- Minor cuts and simple lacerations (stitches must be placed in less than 24 hours)
- Limited medication refills
- Upper respiratory infections – sore throats, sinus infections, flu, laryngitis, allergies.