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Our Christmas at Beebe

By Tom Protack


The Krajewski Family: Sarah (standing in back), Beth, Megan, Caroline, Kate and Ron with puppies Noah (left) and Millie (right).

Most medical emergencies do not happen conveniently between the hours of 8-4. This was never truer than with Ron and Kate Krajewski. Both are local to Sussex County, own Ron Krajewski State Farm Agency, and have 4 wonderful girls: Sarah (age 14), Beth (age 12), Megan (age 9) and Caroline (age 3). Three of their children are Beebe Babies born at Beebe Hospital.

On Christmas Eve in 2016, after making sure all their children were snuggled in their beds ready for Santa to arrive, Kate began to have pain. After struggling with discomfort for several hours at home, Ron drove Kate to the Emergency Department at 1 AM on Christmas morning. Ron described the scene in the Emergency Department, “it was 1 a.m. and it was so surreal driving on Christmas morning and arriving at the hospital.

There were only 3 people in the waiting area. Immediately, they took Kate back and did a battery of tests to discover her gall bladder needed to be removed. So, early on Christmas morning Dr. Michael Sofronski performed surgery. I can remember vividly being the only person in the surgery waiting room looking at the electronic tracking board that only had one patient on it, my wife! We were spending Christmas at Beebe.” Ron recalled how the medical staff and Beebe team members were so kind and joyful and went out of their way to make an unusual Christmas a little more joyful. They kept him informed and Dr. Sofronski appeared to announce that Kate had one of the biggest gall bladders he had seen in a long time and she was doing well.

Seven months later, Ron was preparing for the Delaware State Fair where his daughters show dairy cows. Ron began to have severe abdominal pain and went to the Emergency Department at Beebe. This time is was a Friday night in July and the Emergency Department was very busy, much different than Kate’s Christmas morning. However, Ron said he did not wait too long. A CAT scan discovered diverticulitis. Ron was admitted by Dr. Sofronski to the hospital for treatment. Ron was given aggressive antibiotics and stayed at Beebe for 2 weeks. Eventually, it was determined that Ron would need a colectomy to correct the issue and Dr. Erik Stancofski performed the surgery. Ron said, “Dr. Stancofski was great, he was clear, direct and an excellent communicator who explained clearly all the steps that would happen and my follow up.”

Both Ron and Kate have recovered fully from their surgeries and are healthy and decided to support the “I Believe in Beebe” capital campaign and become 1916 Club Members at the same time. As they look back at their two emergencies and all of their Beebe experiences they are very grateful for the professional team and excellent care they received. “We believe as local residents and as local business owners, we need to support Beebe as it grows to create the next generation of care. Kate and I are proud to be Beebe Believers and make a campaign gift. We encourage others to join us. For years we sponsored and attended Beebe events. When asked to make a gift to the campaign, of course we said yes! The Beebe Medical Foundation made it easy for us to make a multi-year commitment and have our family name proudly listed on the donor wall. Beebe is always there for us, even on Christmas, we need to thank our doctors, nurses and others who are always there for our families by actively giving to Beebe.”

As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, Beebe Healthcare depends on the generous support of individuals, corporations, businesses, and private foundations. All gifts to Beebe Healthcare, large or small, are tax-deductible and are channeled through Beebe Medical Foundation. Please consider making a gift today to support the construction of Beebe Healthcare’s South Coastal Health Campus. To make your proud personal donation or to learn more about how Beebe is Creating the Next Generation of Care, go online to www.nextgenerationofcare.org or contact the Beebe Medical Foundation at (302) 644-2900 or email to foundation@beebehealthcare.org