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Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Beebe Hospital

Beebe Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 14, 2022
1. Beebe Hospital Marker
Inscription.  In 1916, two brothers, Drs. James Beebe, Sr. and Richard C. Beebe, had a shared vision to bring modern-day medicine to Southern Delaware. The Beebe brothers started the first hospital in Sussex County on Savannah Road in Lewes. The hospital began as a small-four-room hospital with an operating room and two patient rooms large enough for three patients. Constructed in 1921, the Benjamin F. and Helen M. Shaw Building expanded Beebe Hospital to a 35-bed facility. The Beebe School of Nursing was founded on site this same year. During WWII, Beebe played a vital role in treating the war-wounded, including the sailors and merchant mariners whose ships had been torpedoes off the coast by German submarines. Dr. James Beebe, Jr., the first board certified surgeon in Sussex County and son of one of the founders, developed the first cancer tumor registry in Delaware in 1950. For over 100 years, Beebe Hospital has served the community through the ongoing efforts of the Beebe family and thousands of healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, volunteers and donors.
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationScience & MedicineWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 38° 46.271′ N, 75° 8.559′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Savannah Road (Business U.S. 9) just north of Beebe Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 921 Savannah Rd, Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transit of Venus Observatory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewes Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); World Wars I and II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Fisher-Martin House (approx. ¼ mile away); Block House Pond (approx. ¼ mile away); Lewes (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Lewes (approx. ¼ mile away); Zwaanendael Museum (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Beebe Hospital image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 14, 2022
2. Beebe Hospital
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Sep. 25, 2023