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2024 ‘Best of’ Winners Make Delaware a Great Place to Call Home

Meet Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware Award Winners in 2024

Lewis “Drexel” Davison at Rehoboth Beach’s Bad Hair Day?, winner in multiple Best of (Downstate) categories. Meet Drexel in the DPP story here. Photo by Joe Del Tufo

From top restaurants to one-of-a-kind shops, these winners make the First State a wonderful place to call home.

July 1, 2024

By Ashley Breeding, Eileen Smith DallaBrida, Pam George and Maria Spano

The Best of Delaware votes are in — all 373,776 of them!

Below we share your preferred places to dine and imbibe, entertain the kids, relax and unwind, shop tax-free and more. There’s so much to enjoy within our small borders — we even reveal a few of our favorite gems, too.

Our annual Best of Delaware feature is here! Each year, Delaware Today reaches out to you, our readers, to hear which businesses, people and places you think are the best of the best in the region. After compiling the results of our readers’ ballot and elimination round voting, we are happy to present our stellar lineup of winners for 2024.

  • Tina Marabito at Poppycock Tattoo, Best Tattoo Artist/Shop (Upstate) in Wilmington. Photo by Becca Mathias

  • Maurice Catlett of Rehoboth Beach’s SoDel Concepts, Best Chef (Downstate). Meet Maurice in the DPP video here. Photo by Joe Del Tufo

  • A dish at Newark’s Home Grown Café, Best American Restaurant (Upstate). Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Since the First State is a hub for creativity and talent, it’s no surprise that our winners reflect this. In the guides that follow, you’ll find everything from the best places to eat and drink to the top spots to go shopping or kick back and relax. There are places designed with family fun in mind, as well as services to make life easier for the whole family. We even include places to get glam, get fit and get creative.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to discover the businesses, destinations and individuals who make our region such a wonderful place to call home.

View all of this year’s categories and winners here.

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Beebe Healthcare’s Family Medicine Residency Program Selected for Exclusive Pilot Project

Beebe Healthcare Residency Program Selected for Special Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Project

Beebe Healthcare’s Wendi Schirvar, PhD, left, Ryan Arias, DO, Miri Shlomi, MD, Joyce Robert, MD, Tanya Ray, MS, Jeffrey Hawtof, MD, and Cynthia Lamour, DO, all of whom are affiliated with the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Sussex County Program 1 of 25 in U.S. Picked for Pilot Project

April 29, 2024

LEWES – Beebe Healthcare’s R. Randall Rollins Center for Medical Education is proud to announce that its Family Medicine Residency program is one of just 25 across the country that has been selected to participate in a special pilot project facilitated by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

The project is designed to elevate the importance of competency-based medical education while integrating a more individualized and personalized approach to learning for medical residents.

“There is so much benefit in developing individualized learning plans for our residents, with consideration for each person’s special needs, strengths, and goals,” said Joyce Robert, MD, FAAFP, Program Director. “We are incredibly excited to be part of this project and to have the opportunity to lead the way and set an example for other residency programs to follow.”

In addition to implementing new hands-on approaches in the clinical training environment, the STFM program will put new technologies in the hands of residency program leaders, who will be spending more time on direct observation as they are working with clinical residents. The goal is to allow for real-time assessments in medical training environments. Additionally, the program promotes the importance of communication, teamwork, and leadership from a professional development standpoint, and work/life balance and wellness on a personal level.

“This project encourages us to look at what we are doing through a different lens and take a more holistic approach as we grow our people, and therefore our program,” said Dr. Robert. “It’s a chance to be at the forefront of positive change and we are excited to be part of it.”

Beebe’s Family Medicine Residency program welcomed it inaugural cohort of residents in summer 2023, and recently announced the second group of residents, who will come onboard this July. The program is led by Dr. Robert and Miri Shlomi, MD, Associate Program Director, both of whom will participate in a series of conferences sponsored by STFM, as Beebe adopts and implements its competency based medical education curriculum. They and their colleagues will have opportunities in the future to share their experiences and learned best practices through their activism in the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians (DAFP).

Recently, Dr. Robert was inducted as DAFP’s President-Elect and Ryan Arias, DO, primary care physician and faculty member within Beebe’s Family Medicine Residency program, was named DAFP Teacher of the Year.

“We have come a long way in a short period of time,” said Dr. Robert. “So many wonderful things are happening because our team is made up of a group of people who are passionate about the work, dedicated to doing things the right way, and committed to growing in a way that positions Beebe as a premier place to come for family medicine residency training.”

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Earlier this year, Beebe’s Family Medicine Residency broke ground on a new clinic in Long Neck, the future site where present and future family medicine resident physicians will see and care for patients.

With this new facility, the Family Medicine Residency can continue to expand to serve a culturally diverse population in one of the fastest growing areas of Sussex County. With the full complement of residents, the doctors will be able to provide about 7,000 primary care appointments.

Celebrating the groundbreaking were Anthony Buonanno, MD, Paul Sierzenski, MD, Mike Meoli, Board Chair Tanya Ray, Beebe Medical Foundation President Tom Protack, Joyce Robert, MD, Jacob Valvis, DO, Lighthouse Construction CEO Megan Glick, Jeff Hawtof, MD, Harrison Eckert, DO, and Monica Javadian, MD.

“Access to primary care is one of our strategic pillars for the future of healthcare in Sussex County,” said Paul Sierzenski, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Beebe Healthcare. “It is significant that Beebe is training our own physicians who could possibly stay in Sussex County. Many residents choose to stay where they completed their residency. It’s just one more way Beebe is addressing the community’s need for primary care.”

Beebe’s first four family medicine resident physicians started in July 2023. They have been seeing patients at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and at Beebe Primary Care Long Neck, which currently serves as the residency’s outpatient clinic. On March 15, the residency matched with four more physicians, who join Beebe this summer.

The office functions as a full-service primary care office, including seeing discharged patients, performing minor procedures, and offering women’s health services. The resident physicians accept patients of all ages.

“The new clinic seals Beebe’s residency program as a special offering for prospective residents and victory for access for Sussex Countians,” said Joyce Robert, MD, Program Director of Beebe’s Family Medicine Residency. “A recently renovated Shaw Building which houses the R. Randall Rollins Center for Medical Education – in combination with this new outpatient location – pairs Beebe’s clinical excellence with its 108-year legacy in an area that is rapidly growing and in need of primary care services.”

This would not be possible without the support of the philanthropy in the community, and a $1 million grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s donor-advised fund, BluePrints for the Community.

Beebe Healthcare 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 who live in, work in and visit the communities we serve. Beebe Healthcare has three campuses: the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center; the Rehoboth Health Campus; and the South Coastal Health Campus. Beebe Healthcare offers primary care as well as specialized services in the areas of cardiovascular, oncology, orthopaedics, general surgery, robotic surgery and women’s health. Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a home health program and a comprehensive community health program. For more information about Beebe Healthcare, visit

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Why You Should Live in Delaware

When considering homeownership, Delaware emerges as a hidden gem on the East Coast for young professionals, growing families, and retirees. Nestled halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City, living in Delaware offers beneficial tax advantages and natural beauty without sacrificing access to economic opportunity. (Live work and play)

Delaware Tax Advantages and Affordability

One of the most compelling reasons to consider Delaware for your residence is its affordability. While median home prices across the mid-Atlantic region remain competitive, the absence of sales tax and low property taxes in Delaware make homeownership a tangible reality. In 2022, the average cost of real estate taxes in Delaware was approximately half of the cost in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania, less than one-third the cost in New York, and nearly one-fifth the cost in New Jersey. Instead of paying higher taxes, homeowners in Delaware can build more equity in their homes and enhance their lifestyle. Additionally, Delaware’s housing stock is diverse, offering something for everyone, whether you’re in search of a sprawling suburban home, a rural farmhouse, a vibrant downtown condo, or a cozy beachfront cottage. Use our cost of living calculator to compare Delaware to other locations.

Delaware Beaches and Livability

Given that most of Delaware is situated on the Delmarva Peninsula, it’s unsurprising that the state boasts some of the country’s most stunning beaches on the East Coast. In fact, Bethany Beach was ranked as one of the best beaches in 2024 by U.S. News & World Report. Charming and family-friendly towns like Rehoboth and Lewes provide residents and visitors with easy access to vibrant boardwalks, an active arts community, and an exquisite shoreline. Beyond the beaches, Delaware’s landscape is rich in natural beauty, offering bird watching, hiking, or simply enjoying a sunset over the water. From Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, a 16,000-acre tidal salt marsh in Kent County, to the Brandywine Valley, with its rolling hills and extensive multi-use trails, Delaware’s natural attractions offer a sanctuary for outdoor enthusiasts.

Delaware Job Opportunities and Innovation

Delaware’s diverse economy and strategic location afford residents unparalleled access to job opportunities in high-wage and innovative industries. Notable employers in the life sciences in Delaware include DuPont, Solenis, Chemours, Siemens Healthineers, Incyte, and Labware. Delaware has established itself as a part of a federally recognized Hydrogen Hub, leading the expansion of clean energy alternatives. Plus, the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) is headquartered at the University of Delaware in Newark. The financial services sector is also highly concentrated in Delaware, with major banks such as J.P. Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America, WSFS, and M&T Bank basing their U.S. operations or maintaining substantial operations near Wilmington. In central and southern Delaware, agriculture and food manufacturing are significant economic drivers, supported by well-known companies like Perdue, Allen Harim, and Mountaire. A newly opened incubator kitchen in Sussex County also supports food entrepreneurs in Delaware and the burgeoning Culinary Coast.

Why Wait? Experience Living in Delaware Now

For those pondering where to buy a home, Delaware presents a compelling case. Its affordability makes homeownership achievable, while access to high-wage jobs and natural beauty enhance the living experience. Delaware is abundant in opportunities and amenities, making it an ideal place to call home for families at all stages of life.

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Dover, Delaware, Ranked Among ‘South’s Best Cities on the Rise’ by Readers of Southern Living Magazine

Dover, Delaware, Recognized by Readers of Southern Living


The South’s Best Cities on the Rise 2024

March 25, 2024

By Southern Living Editors
Updated on March 6, 2024

According to the U.S. Census, the South is the place to be. Not only is it the most populous region in the country, it accounted for 87% of our country’s growth in 2023. Plus, the South is the only region that maintained population growth during the pandemic. Visit any of the places on this year’s Best Cities On the Rise list and you’ll quickly understand why.

These reader-selected cities have excellent food scenes, cool yet quaint downtown districts, incredible natural beauty, thriving arts communities, and the warmth our region is known for. And they’re not done growing. Each one has exciting new projects on the horizon, like a minor-league baseball stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina, entertainment districts in Huntsville, Alabama and Alpharetta, Georgia, and even economic development, like electric vehicle manufacturing in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

How did we come up with the list? Southern Living editors compiled a large list of cities based on research, reporting, and our own experiences. Then, our readers selected their top picks in our annual South’s Best Awards survey. The result is a diverse mix of large and small cities, and each one has something different to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new place to live or somewhere fun to visit, you’ll find plenty of options here.

South’s Best Voting Process

An online survey was conducted by third-party agency Proof Insights among Southern Living consumers, asking them to rate their favorite places across the South for the South’s Best Awards 2024. The survey was fielded from July 12 to August 23, 2023, and had over 20,000 respondents.

25. Dover, Delaware

With a 300-plus year history, Delaware’s capital has changed quite a bit since its early days as the appointed court town for Kent County. It still houses the Delaware Supreme Court, but may be about to embark on its biggest season of change yet. In 2023, the Downtown Dover Partnership presented a redevelopment plan called Capital City 2030 that will transform the area with a proposed multimodal transportation hub, 100,000 square feet of commercial space, 20 acres of greenspace, 1,000 residential units, and a half-mile riverwalk to be built over the next decade.

Explore Southern Living’s 7 Best Things To Do In Dover, Delaware, here.

Read the rest of Southern Living’s The South’s Best Cities On The Rise 2024 here.

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Delaware says, ‘Hi Barbie!’ Bridgeville’s Frozen Farmer Teams with Mattel on Doll-Themed Treats

Bridgeville business creates Barbie popsicle with Mattel Inc.

Katey Evans, co-founder of Bridgeville’s The Frozen Farmer, with Barbie Freezer Squeezers, a frozen treat made from produce that would have otherwise been discarded. Photo provided by The Frozen Farmer.

March 11, 2004

By Krys’tal Griffin
Delaware News Journal

If you’re still not over the Barbie craze sparked by the release of the hit “Barbie” movie last summer, this new partnership between a Delaware business and Mattel Inc. is sure to keep Barbie a household name.

The Frozen Farmer, launched from the third-generation Evans Farm in Bridgeville in 2015, is a company striving to eliminate food waste by using the farm produce deemed “too ugly” for retail sale to create ice cream and sorbet.

The company was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2020, winning an investment deal with Lori Greiner and eventually expanding the sale of its products to more than 5,000 stores nationwide.

Now, The Frozen Farmer is expanding its offerings to include Barbie Freezer Squeezers in partnership with Mattel Inc., the manufacturer of Barbie.

What are Barbie Freezer Squeezers?

Co-founder of The Frozen Farmer and native Delawarean Katey Evans created the popsicle-like treat as an homage to her personal connection to Barbie and all that the famous doll stands for.

“As a mom to four daughters, Barbie has a special place in our home as more than just a timeless toy that brings generations together,” Evans said. “From a young age, Barbie empowered me to chase my dreams as a female founder. It’s a full circle moment to be able to partner with Mattel to bring Barbie Freezer Squeezers to market with the Frozen Farmer, a brand that grew from the seeds of self-belief that Barbie planted early on.”

The frozen treats are available in a pink strawberry lemonade sorbet flavor and come in 3-ounce squeeze tubes to be easily enjoyed on the go.

Described by the company as a mix between tart and sweet, the new offering continues the Frozen Farmer’s mission to reduce food waste while providing classic flavors everyone can enjoy, and with a nod of approval from Barbie herself, who could pass up a taste?

“What started as a way to use produce that looks unique has become our mission — and the results are delicious,” Evans said. “Barbie is a brand that celebrates the differences of all children that make them uniquely themselves—and as a mom, I love that as much as my daughters love all things Barbie.”

  • The Frozen Farmer partnered with Mattel Inc. to create Barbie Freezer Squeezers, a frozen treat made from imperfect produce usually deemed “too ugly” to sell on shelves. Photo provided by The Frozen Farmer.

  • Learn more about The Frozen Farmer from co-founder Katey Evans in this DPP video.

Where to Find Barbie Freezer Squeezers?

The Frozen Farmer’s Barbie Freezer Squeezers can be found in the following stores around the country:

  • Kroger

  • Ralphs

  • Dillons

  • Smith’s

  • King Soopers

  • Fry’s

  • QFC

  • City Market

  • Jay C

  • Baker’s

  • Mariano’s

  • Fred Meyer

  • Winn-Dixie

  • Giant Food

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More and More Moving To Delaware, Which Ranks as a Top State To Live In

Does it feel like everyone is moving here? Well, Delaware ranks as a top state to live in

Welcome to Delaware road sign at the state border. Andrey Krav, Getty Images/iStockphoto

February 27, 2024

By Krys’tal Griffin
Delaware News Journal

Delawareans are the first to shout their First State pride and boast about the allure of the Small Wonder, but it looks like the rest of the nation is finally catching on now that Delaware is deemed a top state to live in.

In 2022 when approximately 8.2 million people moved around the United States, Delaware broke through the top 20 list and ranked as the 16th-most-sought-after state in the country by net migration, according to StorageCafe.

Is everyone moving to Delaware now?

StorageCafe, an online platform that provides storage unit listings across the country, used U.S. Census Bureau data and other government data to find trends in recent nationwide moving patterns.

The study reports that Delaware gained around 12,500 more residents than it lost in 2022, with 29% of the 125 people who moved to the state every day being millennials, followed by 18% being baby boomers.

The top states contributing to Delaware’s influx of new residents are Pennsylvania (26% of movers), Maryland (22%), New Jersey (12%), New York (7%) and North Carolina (7%).

The typical new Delawarean earns an average of $58,000 and has an average age of 37 years old, according to the study, which adds that 38% of new residents at least have a bachelor’s degree and 7% are working remotely.

StorageCafe reports that tax leniency and housing affordability – including homes that are approximately 16% cheaper than Maryland rates and 22% cheaper than New Jersey rates – are big wins for movers choosing Delaware as their new home

Nationwide moving trends

Nineteen out of 50 states saw negative net migration numbers in 2022, according to StorageCafe.

The only U.S. region to end 2022 with a population gain is the South, which had a net gain of 690,000 residents from interstate migration. All other regions – the Northeast, Midwest and West – saw net declines, with the Northeast losing the most and shedding over 300,000 residents.

The top 10 states for net migration gains in 2022 were:

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • North Carolina
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Connecticut
  • Tennessee
  • Alabama
  • Oklahoma

The main factors drawing movers to the South include favorable climates, a relatively lower cost of living, abundant job opportunities and a robust economy in some areas. The region has also seen improvements in infrastructure and real estate landscapes, according to StorageCafe.

Of the southern hot spots, Texas, Georgia and Florida saw the highest volumes of net migration among 24- to 39-year-olds in 2022, the same demographic that Delaware has welcomed the most in recent years and the largest moving generation in the U.S., the study reports.

For younger movers, Connecticut, North Carolina and Washington D.C. saw the most Generation Z movers.

Generation Z continues to stray away from expensive urban areas like Los Angeles and New York City, with New York, California and Illinois all seeing negative migration of the demographic. Instead, Generation Z prefers relocating to states like Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah, North Dakota and Alabama.

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Beebe Program Offers Innovative Cardiovascular Care in Southern Delaware

Beebe’s Structural Heart Program Marks Key Milestones, Demonstrating Innovative Cardiovascular Care in Southern Delaware

Beebe’s first Amulet patient Margaret Erner with Marcelle Brady, RN, Jordana Bumgarner, RTR, Annie Villalobos, MSN, Tammy Kelly, RN, Donna Fleitz, RN, and Mouhanad Freih, MD.

LEWES, DEL. – Beebe Healthcare’s Cardiovascular team recently celebrated two milestone procedures that provide the latest, most advanced care for patients in Southern Delaware.

The healthcare system continues to look for innovative technologies, devices, and procedures to provide the best care for Sussex County – most recently launching use of the Amulet device and completing the 200th Watchman device implant in the cath lab. Both are Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) devices, used to treat patients who have been diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

“Both the Watchman and the Amulet are powerful assets in our arsenal of tools to prevent stroke,” said Annie Villalobos, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, Structural Heart Program Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist. “Decisions about which device is best for each patient are made based on what the imaging shows us, and how the patient’s anatomy is structured. The availability of Amulet gives us new options to ensure complete closure of the left atrial appendage and signifies Beebe’s commitment to having the right systems in place to care for every unique patient.”

Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder that increases risk for stroke and requires that many patients rely on anticoagulation medications, long-term. The introduction of the Amulet, and continued successful use of the Watchman, offers patients new, life-changing options. The two devices are similar in that they are both used to close openings between the left atrium and the appendage. What varies is their shape and size. Having both options means Beebe’s structural heart team can more effectively treat patients with left atrial openings that vary in depth and size.

Beebe introduced use of the Watchman device in 2018. The first patient to receive the Amulet device implantation was in December 2023.

Watchman team Annie Villalobos, MSN, Mouhanad Freih, MD, Lori Kline, RN, Bob Henchy, Boston Scientific, Georges Dahr, MD, Paul Peet, MD, Alberto Rosa, MD and Ehtasham Qureshi, MD.

Beebe’s Structural Heart Program is led by Mouhanad Freih, MD, who serves as Medical Director, and Ehtasham Qureshi, MD, Chief of Cardiology, along with Villalobos. Electrophysiologists Michael Sabadish, MD, and Maria Pia Del Corral, MD, have also played an instrumental role in the growth of the program, and Beebe’s ability to introduce the Amulet device. A special thanks also to Georges Dahr, MD, and Jillian Dashiell, MD, as the intraprocedural transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging specialists for LAAC.

Additionally, collaboration with Beebe’s cardiovascular surgeons, operating room team, and catheterization lab team is essential in the delivery of comprehensive, quality-centric, outcomes-based care for every patient.

“We are incredibly proud of our team and appreciate the tremendous amount of time, energy, and passion that has gone into bringing these lifesaving devices to Beebe, and perfecting our practices for the benefit of the patients we serve,” said Tracy Belcher, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CCRP, LSSGB, Director of Cardiovascular Operations and Outpatient Infusion Center at Beebe Healthcare. “The need for state-of-the-art care that is also local and close to home is clear. Two hundred patients have now received the Watchman device, and now, with the introduction of the Amulet device, we can offer even more options for care that is customized to the individual. The very highest quality heart care is absolutely available, right here at Beebe.”

Beebe Healthcare 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 who live in, work in, and visit the communities we serve. Beebe Healthcare has three campuses: the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, which houses the medical center; the Rehoboth Health Campus; and the South Coastal Health Campus. Beebe Healthcare offers primary care as well as specialized services in the areas of cardiovascular, oncology, orthopaedics, general surgery, robotic surgery and women’s health. Beebe also offers walk-in care, lab, imaging and physical rehabilitation services at several locations throughout Sussex County, in addition to a home health program and a comprehensive community health program.

For more information about Beebe Healthcare, visit

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Delaware Offers Tuition Incentive to Attract Certified Nurse Assistants

State of Delaware Offers Tuition Incentive To Attract Certified Nurse Assistants

DOVER, Del. — To address nurse staffing challenges impacting state-operated facilities, the State of Delaware is implementing an innovative tuition incentive program to enhance the recruitment of Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) in the state’s workforce starting December 1, 2023.

Following a public request for proposal process, Delaware’s Department of Human Resources has selected three agencies to train CNAs, with the State covering the tuition cost for CNA candidates of up to $3,000 per student. The three training facilities selected are: Bear Professional Institute, Inc, the Delaware Skills Center, and Sussex County Vocational Technical School District. The program provides a pathway for individuals with some nursing experience to obtain certification while securing employment with the state.

The State operates four healthcare facilities at the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Department of State (DOS), including the Delaware Psychiatric Center, the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, the Delaware Veterans Home and Stockley Center. These facilities provide medical services to senior citizens, veterans, and residents with severe mental health and physical disabilities.

“With Delaware experiencing the same nurse staffing challenges as every other state, we are offering this first-ever tuition incentive to attract more state employees to serve as certified nurse assistants,” said Claire DeMatteis, Secretary of the Department of Human Resources. “With certified nurse assistant vacancy rates of 40-50% in our state-operated healthcare facilities, it puts additional pressure on licensed and registered nurses in these facilities. With this new tuition incentive, along with signing and retention incentives for all types of nurses in our state facilities, we are investing significant state resources for the health and well-being of some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Participants are required to commit to working with the state for two years following their certification. DHR is pursuing a similar tuition incentive plan for licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

“I work for the State of Delaware because it’s a dynamic organization with plenty of professional development opportunities, great health benefits and a family-oriented culture. The educational opportunities provided have given me the knowledge to better understand the residents and deliver quality care. With hard work and determination, you can advance your career while working for the state,” said Hannah Sackey, a dedicated CNA currently serving in the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill.”

Once certified, CNAs receive a state salary of $34,000 along with a comprehensive compensation package, which includes health benefits, retirement benefits, paid time off, learning and development opportunities, employee assistance programs, recognition programs, and employee discounts.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for current nursing assistant job opportunities (Job Code-UDCD01) at one of the four state-operated facilities through the Delaware Employment Link at For questions, please contact Germaine Harris, Nurse Recruiting Manager at 302-255-9148 or

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What is it Like to Live in Delaware?

Dela-where? Yes, Delaware.

Nestled along the Atlantic coast between Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, living in Delaware proves it is possible to have a high quality of life at a reasonable cost with easy access to cultural amenities. New and diverse people move to Delaware every day – it was one of the fastest growing states in the country in 2022. With safe neighborhoods, low taxes, and quality infrastructure, living in Delaware is a no-brainer. The only question now is: which county?

Living in New Castle County

Delaware may be only 96 miles long, but its three counties – New Castle, Kent, and Sussex – span distinct geographic and culturally diverse areas, each providing unique benefits of living in Delaware.

New Castle County sits in the scenic Brandywine Valley and is home to numerous museums, parks, and two of the major cities of the First State, Wilmington and Newark. Living in New Castle County juxtaposes the history and the future of industry in America; historic sites like the DuPont’s Hagley or Nemours Estates sit only a few miles away from innovation incubators like STAR Campus at University of Delaware. With an emerging art and theater scene in Wilmington and an active live music scene in the college town of Newark, cultural amenities abound in New Castle County. Plus, Wilmington is only a 20-minute train ride to Philadelphia, a city well-regarded for its dedication to the arts. If you love the bustle of urban environments plus nearby access to greenspace, New Castle County is the place for you.

Living in Kent County

Driving south past the C&D Canal on Route 1, you can feel the tension in your shoulders begin to dissipate as you enter Kent County in central Delaware. A rural and suburban landscape dotted with quaint villages, Kent County is the least populous yet youngest county on average in the First State, indicative of the many young families settling in the developing suburbs of Dover, Harrington, and Milford. Dover, the state capital, hosts major events year-round at Bally’s Dover Casino Resort and the Dover Motor Speedway, drawing thousands of fans from around the region for comedy shows, live music, and NASCAR races. Plus, due to its central location on the Delmarva Peninsula, living in Kent County offers easy access to both the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. If you love to stop and smell the roses, Kent County is the place for you.

Living in Sussex County

Continue south along Route 1 and you will find yourself in Sussex County, famous for its lovely beaches and agrarian pastures. Beach towns like Rehoboth, Lewes, and Cape Henlopen offer year-round amenities for beach-lovers including a lively boardwalk, water sports, idyllic dunes, and multiple film, music, and holiday festivals. Living in Sussex County means access to farm fresh produce, local oysters, world-class chefs, and more at the Culinary Coast, the Mid-Atlantic’s newest foodie mecca. Plus, take the road less traveled on one of Sussex County’s many scenic byways, including the Historic Lewes Byway, the Nanticoke Heritage Byway, and the Delaware Bayshore Byway. If you love fresh food and relaxing at the beach, living in Sussex County is the place for you.

Overall, living in Delaware checks all the boxes – all you have to decide is which county fits your lifestyle.

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