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Patti Shreeve, a member of Beebe's board of directors, and Dr. Tom Shreeve, president of Sussex Emergency Associates which employs physicians for the emergency department, attended the dedication. "We started conceptualizing this expansion in 1998," said Dr. Shreeve. "We just had to get the money to make it happen. We were admitting more and more people all the time with no beds to put them in. Now we have a total of 38 beds plus a five-bed holding area for observa- tion." CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 29 j Visitors came and went throughout the afternoon Wednesday following dedication of the new Joseph R. Hudson wing at Beebe Medical Center. This photo shows the covered ambu- lance entrance area for the emergency department and the rooftop helipad. The new wing's medical- surgical floor includes such specialized facilities as this bariatric room to serve the needs of extremely obese patients. The room's features include an extra-large bed and overhead hoist system on a track which assists the patient in making trips to the bathroom and shower. Shown (l-r), Dr. Habib Bolourchi, Paul Mylander and Dr. James Marvel were among those enjoying the dedication. Mylander chaired the Vision 2005 Campaign that raised more than $12.9 million in local funds for the $35 mil- lion project. "Joe Hudson and Gene Bookhammer would make bets with each other about raising money," said Mylander. "They ended up raising a lot of money and they gave a lot of money of their own." Sue Ann Newsham, charge nurse in Beebe's Emergency Department, displays the state-of-the- art pneumatic, computer- ized sample sending sys- tem that connects depart- ments in the hospital with the laboratory, pharmacy and other essential servic- es. "This sends blood sam- pies, paperwork and other items around the hospital quickly and monitors their location at all times," said Newsham. Beebe's 'no one turned away' policy inspired Fannin family to contribute By Dennis Forney Cape Gazette staff Paul Mylander, chairman of the Vision 2005 campaign that raised more than $12 million for the Beebe expansion, told those gath- ered at Wednesday's dedication that Elmer Fannin's Country  Life Homes family played a leadership role among builders and develop- ers who contributed to the fundraising campaign. "Joe Hudson held dinners at his farmhouse out in the country. He told the developers and builders that they were the ones bringing a lot of people to Sussex County to use Beebe services, and profiting from it, and that they would have to belly up to the bar and pull their weight," said Mylander. "Elmer Fannin and his family were lead- ers of the pack." The Farmin family provided a significant contribution to help finance the state-of-the-art helipad perched atop the new wing. "We're proud to help the com- munity," said Fannin. "We're part of it. And this was a great opportunity for us to give back. Beebe treats everyone who comes here. They turn no one away. As a family, we were really inspired by that. "It's important that those who have, give to those who don't have as much. We're a family business and we decided, as a family, to give to that effort." Country Life Homes has con- structed hundreds of homes over the past decade in a variety of Delaware Cape Region develop- ments. Contact Dennis Forney at dnf@ Elmer Fannin's Country Life Homes family inspects the medical center's helipad which sits atop the new Joseph R. Hudson wing. The family gave a substantial donation which helped finance construction of the helipad. Shown are (1.r) Elmer Fannin, Mary Ann Fannin, Mike Fannin, and Brent and Tina Fannin and their children Emma and Andrew.