Healthcare notes: ChristianaCare wellbeing efforts honored; Beebe, Nemours Childrens Health partnership; HealthTech recognition for Bayhealth


ChristianaCare has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association’s Joy in Medicine   Health System Recognition Program.

The distinction recognizes health systems that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the wellbeing of health care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.

The American Medical Association awarded ChristianaCare a “Gold Recognition” – the highest level within the program. Only 44 health systems nationwide received the distinction, with only four other health systems along with ChristianaCare achieving the Gold Recognition.

“When caregivers feel supported and fulfilled in their work, the quality of both their experience and their patient’s experience improves,” said Heather Farley, M.D.,  chief wellness officer and head of ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing. “That’s why, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we deepened our investment of resources to support our caregivers. While there’s still a long way to go, we are grateful to receive this recognition as it affirms our commitment to helping our caregivers foster meaning, connection, and joy in work and in life.”

ChristianaCare notes that its program was in place before the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing launched in 2016.

A national study examining the experiences of physicians and other health care workers who worked in health systems during the pandemic found that 38% self-reported experiencing anxiety or depression, while 43% suffered from work overload and 49% had burnout.

Nemours partners with Beebe Healthcare

Nemours Children’s Health and Beebe Healthcare have teamed up to provide pediatric services to the infants, children, and adolescents of Sussex County.

Effective immediately, Nemours pediatric hospitalists will provide advanced hospital care, which includes:

  • Joining the Beebe Women’s and Children’s Services team to provide care to infants in the Newborn Nursery and at the time of high-risk deliveries in collaboration with Beebe’s neonatal nurse practitioners.
  • Providing consultation and care in Beebe’s inpatient pediatric unit
  • Providing pediatric consultations in Beebe’s Emergency Department in Lewes, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We know how important it is to have easy access to expert care, and we couldn’t be more excited about expanding our services for patients and families in Sussex County,” said Pauline Corso, senior vice president of Nemours Children’s Health. “We are so pleased Beebe Healthcare has entrusted us to care for children in their communities. Combining the quality and patient service experiences of our great organizations exemplifies the Nemours promise of redefining children’s health, and our goal of helping children, everywhere, grow into healthy adults.”

Nemours Children’s Health is one of the largest integrated pediatric health systems in the nation, with two children’s hospitals in Florida and Delaware and outpatient locations in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Beebe Healthcare, Delaware’s first private hospital, serves Sussex County with approximately 210 inpatient beds and two 24/7 emergency departments. Beebe Healthcare has been serving the residents of Southern Delaware since 1916 and currently has a medical staff of more than 300 physicians representing 45 medical specialties. 

Bayheatlh honored for  technology work 

Bayhealth was recently recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for its use of technology when serving and supporting staff and caring for patients and the community. 

Bayhealth earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9 for inpatient hospital settings (acute) and outpatient ones (ambulatory).

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to evaluate how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. 

“The CHIME Most Wired level 9 recognition is not necessarily a technical achievement, but rather a testament to the organization’s adoption of technology to better serve our patients and our community,” said Bayhealth Director of Information Security and Support Services Ron Belfont. “Technology for the sake of technology alone is pointless. However, when technology is used to enable improved patient outcomes, there is tremendous value in that for everyone from our patients and families to our physicians and clinical staff and, ultimately, our entire community. Applying technology in a strategic manner to support the organization’s mission is really what the CHIME Most Wired level 9 is all about.” 

Bayhealth has hospitals in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware.


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