Beebe Medical Foundation’s 4th Annual Treat the Beat 5K Walk slated for September 8, 2013

On September 8, Beebe Medical Foundation will again highlight its focus on heart and vascular health by hosting the 4th Annual Treat the Beat 5K walk to support Cardiac and Vascular Services at Beebe Medical Center.  

The free event will take place at George H. P. Smith Park at Blockhouse Pond, located adjacent to Beebe Medical Center’s main campus in Lewes. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Beebe Medical Center’s Population Health nurses will be on site to check blood pressures; healthy snacks will be available.

Mid-Atlantic Family Practice is the returning as title sponsor for the fourth year in a row. Jeffrey Heckert, MD, FAAFP, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, is this year’s honorary chair. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Heckert underwent life-saving heart surgery at Beebe Medical Center and credits the wonderful staff and surgeons for his recovery.  

The walk is free but all participants must register and are encouraged to raise money. Walkers who register by August 30 will get a T-shirt. This year’s top individual fundraiser will receive dinner for two at Striper Bites in Lewes, and the top fundraising team will receive sport arm bands for an iPhone/iPod Touch.  

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women across the nation. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. This happens over time and is the major cause of heart attacks.  

Beebe Medical Center’s Cardiac and Vascular Services provide comprehensive care for patients with diseases of the heart and arteries. Services include: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiac rhythm management, electrophysiology services, cardiac and vascular diagnostic testing, and cardiac rehabilitation services.  

Healthgrades® ranked Beebe Medical Center #1 in Delmarva for Vascular Surgery in 2013, and gave it a 5-star rating for Carotid Surgery in 2013. Healthgrades® also ranked Beebe Medical Center #1 in Delaware for Cardiology Services in 2013.

 To register for the Treat the Beat event, please visit or call the Foundation at (302) 644-2900.

 Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Medical Center. The Foundation is located at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Visit us online at

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites in Sussex County providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care. For more information, please visit us online at