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Delaware Rural Health Initiative, Beebe Healthcare Partner to Celebrate National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health Day Celebration

The Delaware Rural Health Initiative partnered with Beebe Healthcare to celebrate the 12th Annual National Rural Health Day this Thursday.

Rural health leaders gathered at Beebe Healthcare’s Specialty Surgical Hospital to recognize three innovative physicians and their contributions to healthcare in Sussex County.

Dr. Fabricio Alarcon, CMO, La Red Health Center, Dr. Mark Borer, Psychiatric Access, and Psychiatrist Dr. Jose Capiro were honored. They have forged the way for integrated primary care and behavioral health services in Sussex. In order to make specialty behavioral health care accessible in the primary care setting for all ages and cultures, this tireless group pressed through uncharted territory, sought nationally acclaimed expertise, completed advanced training and certifications, and advocated for resources and policy to implement needed services.

“Many significant and innovative efforts are underway on the part of individuals and organizations to change targeted Sussex health trends,” said Brian Olson, President, Delaware Rural Health Initiative. “People in Sussex face unique challenges in accessing care and unfortunately experience poor health outcomes with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and infant mortality, and addiction related fatalities caused by the opioid epidemic, which also exacerbates chronic conditions.”

The Delaware Rural Health Initiative is a partnership of many community-based, state, private, public, and non-profit organizations who support rural Delawareans through services and programs that expand access to primary care, mental health, and oral health services.

National Rural Health Day is a day to recognize “the power of rural.” Approximately 61 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural communities throughout the United States. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work. That’s why nearly 250,000 people call rural Sussex County home.

Beebe Healthcare has been committed to serving Sussex County since 1916 and has fueled innovative growth of rural healthcare infrastructure with its expansion and focus on creating more access to care.

“We are focused on putting the health and well-being of our community first because Sussex County is Our Specialty,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “Specializing in Sussex County means taking the necessary steps to truly understand our neighbors’ evolving health needs and expectations, and providing them the services they want and need, close to where they live, work, and visit. That is our commitment to you.”

From left to right, David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare, Brian Olson, President, Delaware Rural Health Initiative, Dr. Mark Borer, Psychiatric Access, Psychiatrist Dr. Jose Capiro, Dr. Fabricio Alarcon, CMO, La Red Health Center, and Betsy Wheeler.