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Beebe Healthcare Announces Art Competition for Specialty Surgical Hospital in Rehoboth

Construction of Specialty Surgical Hospital, Rehoboth Health Campus


Beebe Healthcare is seeking photography and artwork to enhance the interior of our new Specialty Surgical Hospital, coming to the Rehoboth Health Campus in 2022.

Beebe’s Art Advisory Committee is seeking approximately 50 wall-hanging art pieces to be reproduced on aluminum. Selected art will hang in lobbies, hallways, and clinical areas.

“All of Beebe’s campuses and offices feature a patient-centered design, which was especially a key component of the South Coastal Health Campus and certainly will be a main focus of this new Specialty Surgical Hospital,” said Mark Loukides, Vice President of Facilities at Beebe Healthcare. “Art can be healing and nurturing. We are so happy to be working with local artists and photographers to breathe Sussex County into this new Health Campus for our patients and their families.”

Beebe broke ground at the future home of its Specialty Surgical Hospital on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Exterior construction is nearing completion as work on the technologically advanced interior begins. 

The $124 million, four-story, state-of-the-art surgery center will allow patients with scheduled surgeries to not compete for services with more acutely sick patients and emergency patients at a general acute-care hospital. Surgeons will be able to perform both minimally invasive and robotically assisted surgeries at this new surgery center.

“Innovation is driving change at Beebe Healthcare, and this Specialty Surgical Hospital shows how healthcare is changing right here in Sussex County. Beebe realizes procedure growth and need is rising and a hospital with a focus on short-stay and outpatient procedures will fill this need,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “We’re recruiting surgeons and providers to care for our growing community. We’ve added more than 55 providers since the start of the pandemic, and more are coming soon. Beebe is committed to Sussex County and to providing the best healthcare – right down to the healing art on the walls.”

In 2018, Beebe’s Art Advisory Committee successfully started a similar campaign to decorate Beebe’s newest health campus. The South Coastal Health Campus, which houses a freestanding emergency department and cancer center, features locally sourced art throughout its hallways and rooms. The campus, located on Route 17 near Millville, opened in May 2020.

Soon the committee will also announce the winners of the Cape Henlopen High School competition, which was held earlier this year.


Art Selection Process

Art shall be selected based on its suitability for a healing environment. Hospitals can be highly stressful environments for patients and guests. Selected artwork shall positively affect viewers, even promoting a calming response from them. Viewing familiar surroundings can help reduce stress and build a sense of security and comfort. Artwork that has threatening imagery, can be perceived as dangerous, controversial, political, or religious imagery will not be considered. 

The Beebe Art Advisory Committee shall select artwork that will become part of the Beebe's collection that will be printed and placed in the new hospital and become part of a curated collection. The Committee shall use the following guidelines for selection (in no particular order or priority):

  • Landscapes (regional, generic, or seasonal)
  • Waterscapes (regional, generic, or seasonal), preferably with calm or non-turbulent water
  • Floral (familiar flowers, garden/bouquet style)
  • Flowers in vases (used sparingly for variety)
  • Figurative art (observational rather than interpersonal, people in positive relaxed nature surroundings, diverse, leisurely, etc.)
  • Still-life
  • Nature themes with regional and/or historical imagery.

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Artists shall submit images of their artwork here by registering and logging in to the website. The competition can be accessed by searching the “Open Calls” link for Beebe Healthcare at the top right of this page or clicking directly on the link:
  • Each artist can submit up to five pieces.
  • Only electronic images of the artwork will be required in the competition.
  • For the selected pieces, Beebe will follow up to obtain higher quality electronic files for printing.
  • Beebe will assume responsibility for the cost of printing, framing, and mounting the selected pieces.
  • Priority will be given to local artists and other artists with a strong connection to the local community.
  • The competition will close on Tuesday, September 8, 2021.
  • Selected pieces will be announced by October 30, 2021.

Please email any questions to [email protected].