Top-Notch Hospitals Around the State and Beyond
Looking for a stand-out health care facility? This comprehensive guide maps out the best in the area.
Kent General Hospital in Dover.
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State St., Dover, 674-4700
Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital
21 W. Clarke Ave., Milford, 422-3311
Bayhealth was formed in January 1997 when Kent General Hospital, founded in 1927, and Milford Memorial Hospital, founded in 1938, merged to create a not-for-profit health-care system. It includes both hospitals, Middletown Medical Center, a freestanding Emergency Center in Smyrna and numerous satellite facilities, staffed by more than 3,200 employees and 425 physicians. It is an affiliate of Penn Medicine for heart and vascular, cancer and orthopedic care. In 2013, Bayhealth was named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, and Bayhealth Kent General received a “Get With the Guidelines” Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for Resuscitation and a Gold Plus quality Achievement Award for heart failure. In the 2013 fiscal year, Bayhealth recorded 90,142 emergency-department visits, 18,078 patients admitted to beds and 2,266 births. Last year, Bayhealth provided approximately $44.5 million in unreimbursed care to patients. Bayhealth Kent General Hospital offers an array of services, including cardiac surgery and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations, brain and spine care, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, family-centered birth services and neonatal care, cancer care and clinical trials, orthopedic and rehabilitation services, advanced digital imaging, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care, intensive, intermediate and coronary care, and a 24-hour emergency department.
In 2011, Bayhealth Kent General opened a 35,000-square-foot integrated cancer center and a new ER with 39 treatment bays. The hospital offers IMRT (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) for certain cancers, advanced image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, and clinical trials. Orthopedic and rehabilitative services include the latest surgical approaches for joint replacement—such as anterior hip surgery—and minimally invasive methods to repair sports-related injuries. Physical, occupational, speech and aquatic-therapy services are available on an outpatient and home-service basis. For obstetric and newborn care, the hospital offers private rooms and care for high-risk deliveries and premature infants. It also provides sleep-disorder evaluation, respiratory care, wound care and more. The construction of a 32-bed, intermediate-care unit with all private rooms is expected to be ready in 2015.Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital offers services that include diagnostic imaging, family-centered birth services, cancer care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care, and a 24-hour emergency department. Its Total Joint Center provides specialized orthopedic care for patients recovering from joint-replacement surgeries. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center has a comprehensive therapy program for those impaired by stroke, neurological disorders, accidents, arthritis and other disabling impairments, offering physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The center, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, received the W.L. (Bill) Gore Award of Excellence. The hospital’s 12,000-square-foot cancer center provides radiation therapy and chemotherapy services as well as clinical trials. Other services include a state-of-the-art maternity care, diagnostic imaging, a sleep-disorders center and fitness center. A new hospital facility is being planned with state-of-the-art inpatient and ambulatory-care capabilities.
Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.
424 Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-3300
Beebe Healthcare offers an array of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services. Founded in 1916 by two physician brothers, Drs. James Beebe and Richard C. Beebe, the medical center in Lewes is a 210-bed, licensed, not-for-profit community hospital. Beebe’s specialized services include cardiovascular, oncology, women’s health and orthopedics. Beebe Healthcare offers multiple health evaluations and educational events each year, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and other free and reduced-cost screenings. Its Department of Integrative Health offers relaxation and life-enhancement programs to help people cope with stress and improve overall health. Beebe also partners with the YMCA, American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association to offer programs and raise money for research. Several local support programs use Beebe facilities, including the Diabetes Support Group, Ostomy Support Group and Cancer Buddies.
Beebe was a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, and, in 2013, was ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall clinical excellence by Healthgrades. It was named one of Healthgrades’ 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for four years in a row (2012-15) and was a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for two years in a row (2014-15).Beebe is an accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, meaning it provides a nationally recognized standard of care. In 2014, Beebe was designated baby-friendly by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).It operates the Rehoboth Health Campus on Del. 24 that includes the Tunnell Cancer Center, the Georgetown Health Campus, Beebe Lab Express, Wound Care and Diabetes Management Services, Gull House Adult Activities Center, Beebe Home Care Services, the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at the Lewes campus and satellite imaging and lab services, including walk-in care centers throughout Sussex County.
Christiana Hospital in Newark.
Christiana Care Health System
4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, 733-1000
501 W. 14th St., Wilmington, 733-1000
Christiana Care Health System is one of the country’s largest health-care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. A not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer, orthopedics and women’s-health services. Christiana Care is home to Delaware’s only Level I trauma center. It also features a Level III neonatal intensive-care unit, offering the highest level of nonsurgical care to the most critically ill newborns. The health system includes two hospitals—Christiana Hospital and the newly expanded Wilmington Hospital—with 1,100 patient beds, a home health-care service, preventive medicine, rehabilitation services and a network of primary-care physicians and an extensive range of outpatient services.
At Christiana Hospital, The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute, a regional cancer program, features sophisticated diagnostic capabilities and advanced medical, surgical and radiation treatments. It is one of only 30 National Cancer Institute-selected Community Cancer Center Programs in the United States. The Center for Heart & Vascular Health at the hospital is a major referral center, with the staff performing the latest techniques for heart and vascular disease prevention, diagnosis and therapy. With more than 10,000 employees, Christiana Care is the largest private employer in Delaware and the fourth largest employer in the Philadelphia region. In 2013, Christiana Care had more than $1.56 billion in total patient revenue and provided the community with $27 million of free care and medicine.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital For Children
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, 651-4000
What began in 1940 as a pediatric orthopedic institute is now a world-renowned, full-service children’s hospital. Located on 300 acres of lush gardens just outside of Wilmington, the 200-bed Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers a tranquil setting in which to heal. In 2014, the hospital completed a 450,000-square-foot expansion, featuring all single-patient rooms, an expanded emergency department and intensive-care unit, and the addition of amenities for patients, families and caregivers. Consistently named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, duPont Hospital for Children offers intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services in more than 30 specialties. Programs in orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiac surgery, cancer, bone marrow and organ transplantation attract patients from around the world. And as Delaware’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center, the hospital is equipped to handle any emergency.
The hospital has an academic affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is committed to training the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. In addition, an active biomedical research department has a long-standing commitment to scholarly and scientific endeavors directed toward improving the health of children. The nonprofit hospital is part of the Nemours Children’s Health System, an internationally recognized organization that also owns and operates Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs. Nemours Health & Prevention Services has taken a leading role in the fight against childhood obesity, while Nemours BrightStart helps put children on the road to reading success at an early age. Nemours’ www.KidsHealth.org is the world’s most visited pediatric health-care website for parents, kids and teens.
St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington.
Saint Francis Healthcare
701 N. Clayton St., Wilmington, 421-4100
Saint Francis Healthcare, a member of CHE Trinity Health, operates Delaware’s only Catholic hospital serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. Services provided include Saint Francis Cardiovascular Services, 24-hour emergency services, ambulance service, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the da Vinci Surgical System, gastroenterology services, minimally invasive surgery center, advanced wound center, imaging services, sleep/neurodiagnostics center, home care, outpatient physical therapy, comprehensive women’s health services and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Healthcare is affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.
Wilmington VA Hospital.
Wilmington VA Hospital
1601 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 994-2511
President Harry S. Truman approved the establishment of a Wilmington Veterans Administration Hospital in 1946. Construction was completed in 1950, making the Wilmington VAMC the ninth VA hospital to open after World War II. Since its inception, the Wilmington VAMC’s mission is providing quality health services to veterans and as a health-care teaching entity. The organization is also known as the VA Delaware and Southern New Jersey Healthcare System, recognizing its far-reaching geographic and clinical efforts and responsibilities. The Wilmington Delaware campus consists of the 60-bed Medical Center, a 60-bed Community Living Center and a Veterans Benefits Administration facility. The organization also operates five community-based outpatient clinics serving southern Delaware and southern New Jersey. More than 22,000 veterans are treated at the facility and account for more than 150,000 outpatient visits. The center is a Clinical Referral Level 2 complexity facility, providing a full range of clinical services with state-of-the-art technology. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary and long-term care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Wilmington VAMC is a part of a regional network of nine Veterans Affairs facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Wilmington VA reaches out to military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to help them make a transition to veterans’ health care via the Post Deployment Health Risk Assessment program. VA outreach efforts also include letters and phone calls to recently discharged servicemen and women. Services include outpatient substance abuse and mental-health care, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and intensive case management. Wilmington also works with the Vet Center, offering readjustment services to veterans, focusing primarily on military trauma and family-issues counseling. Wilmington maintains medical affiliations with top medical schools, supporting the VA’s educational mission. Major medical affiliations are maintained with the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of Maryland. Allied affiliations support programs in nursing, dental technology, dietetics, social work and pharmacy. More than 200 medical residents receive part of their training at this facility every year. The facility maintains its accreditation by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Generally, anyone who served at least two years in active military service and was discharged with any rating other than dishonorable is eligible for VA benefits and health-care services. Veterans can call 994-2511, ext. 5212, or (800) 461-8262, ext. 5212, for health-care information. For benefit information, call (800) 827-1000.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.
Nanticoke Health Services
801 Middleford Road, Seaford, 629-6611
Nanticoke Health Services includes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the Nanticoke Physician Network. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has been named one of the Best 150 Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for four years in a row. It has a Level III trauma status and includes an expanding interventional cardiology program. Nanticoke Memorial has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Nanticoke is nationally certified by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Gold Plus Award performer, according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines. Its medical staff includes more than 125 active and community affiliate staff physicians, practicing in 40 specialties. The Nanticoke Physician Network includes a group of more than 50 employed physicians and health-care providers. Office locations are in Seaford, Laurel, Bridgeville and Georgetown as well as in Federalsburg and Hurlock, Md. In addition, the group operates two Immediate Care locations in Seaford and Georgetown. A third Immediate Care is scheduled to open soon in Laurel.
Atlantic General Hospital
9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, Md., (877) 641-1100
Atlantic General is an award-winning nonprofit hospital with a network of more than 15 outpatient physician offices and walk-in clinics throughout Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Sussex counties. Atlantic General is home to the Eastern Shore’s only hospital-based bariatric-surgery program and recently received the American Diabetes Association’s Education Recognition Certificate for its Diabetes Outpatient Education Program, which focuses on meal planning, exercise, glucose monitoring and more. Notable among Atlantic General’s areas of service is the emergency department and its 30-minute ER promise: a commitment to the community to place ER visitors in a treatment bed or initiate their care within a half hour of arrival. Patients can also access real-time wait estimates via the hospital’s website. Other services and departments include the AGH sleep-disorders diagnostic center, stroke center, Eunice Q. Sorin women’s diagnostics center, Atlantic Endoscopy and an eye-surgery center. As a community hospital, Atlantic General has prioritized outreach in a variety of ways, including bereavement and family-support services, free flu clinics, the development of patient-centered medical homes and other support groups, and health-focused initiatives throughout the area. Recently, Atlantic General has made patient medical information available online through the hospital website’s PERKS Portal. Using this service, patients can view test and lab results, read health education and instructions for self-care after hospital discharge, and connect with primary-care providers and specialists within the Atlantic General Health System to request prescription refills, receive email care reminders, request appointments and more.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
100 E Carroll St., Salisbury, Md., (410) 546-6400
Salisbury’s Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been providing care for more than 117 years in the areas of primary-care and physician-specialty practices, as well as having an ambulatory surgery center and a number of post-acute-care, joint-venture partners throughout the area. Peninsula Regional Medical Center has received more than 125 national awards, certifications and recognitions since 2008, and is a recent recipient of a “perfect score” certification from The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as a primary stroke center and a “perfect score” certification in the treatment of heart attacks and total knee and hip replacement surgery. PRMC’s noteworthy departments include the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute, Peninsula Stroke Center, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center, Peninsula Wound Center, bariatric surgery services and women’s and children’s services. In 2014, Peninsula Regional was also one of only 375 American hospitals to receive the American Hospital Association’s Most Wired Award for the use of information technology in clinical and patient quality and safety initiatives. Additionally, PMRC recently broke ground on the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines to consolidate its Ocean Pines and Berlin Family Practices and to include the laboratory services currently available at the existing Berlin location, plus other services like pulmonary and cardiovascular rehabilitation.
106 Bow St., Elkton, Md., (410) 398-4000
Union Hospital is a full-service community hospital, nationally recognized for clinical excellence in the treatment and prevention of disease by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and other organizations. In addition to the hospital’s main campus, Union also operates Principio Health Center, Rising Sun Medical Services and Union Diagnostic in Elkton. Union Hospital’s broad range of services includes audiology, a joint-replacement center, concussion management, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, nutrition and diabetes management, and more. Additionally, Union offers an adult day program in a 7,500-square-foot facility in Elkton. This program provides social activities, health monitoring, recreation, therapeutic activities, transportation and counseling for clients with memory loss, those who need day-to-day assistance and those in need of support services to help them live independent lives. Union’s multi-specialty practice serves Cecil County families at several locations and has a secure electronic medical-record system that allows its providers access to the most current patient information. Union Hospital also offers community support groups that focus on Alzehimer’s disease, breastfeeding, diabetes, cancer and other health fields. It also holds yearly health fairs, health-education classes for the public, community health screenings, community-assisted medications program, health career education for elementary through high-school students and more.