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Beebe Auxiliary Donates Largest Contribution to Date to Beebe Healthcare


During its 81st annual membership luncheon themed “Lighting the Way” celebrated on Tuesday, May 2, the Beebe Auxiliary pledged a generous five-year commitment of 1.8 million dollars to the Beebe Building Expansion Plan, starting with this year’s check of $312,000, the largest single year gift ever. With the rapid population growth in our area, this will allow Beebe Healthcare to better serve the needs of our local community and stay ahead of the curve.

Auxiliary President Nancy Tartaglione presented the check to Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare; Richard Schaffner, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Beebe Healthcare; The Honorable William Swain Lee, Beebe Board Chairman; and Judy Aliquo, President of the Beebe Medical Foundation.

“With 224 members in the Auxiliary, this year alone they have contributed more than 29,000+ volunteer hours,” commented Nancy Tartaglione, Auxiliary President. “Thanks to all of our volunteers and the Beebe community who participate in these activities, our annual gifts to the hospital in the proudly provided funding for the new Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, the Interfaith Chapel, the Beebe Healthcare Campus in Georgetown, two hyperbaric chambers, new navigational bronchoscopy unit and a new electrophysiology lab.”

Each year at the luncheon, the Auxiliary recognizes individuals who have given great support to Beebe and to the Auxiliary. This year the Auxiliary specially recognized Richard Derrickson and Sabrina Hill of Midway Realty, in addition to Linda Yekenchik, CHAM manager and ED Registration, for their outstanding contributions and skills supporting the Auxiliary’s mission. The Auxiliary oversees a wide range of activities, including The Craft Group, The Gift Shop, The Thrift Shop, The Information Desks, Employee Sales, The Annual Plant Sale and Family Fun Fest, Auxiliary Board and the Hospitality Committee, which would not be possible without the support of Beebe volunteers.

“I want to thank the members of the Auxiliary. As a fellow Beebe volunteer, I take such pride in what has been created here. We appreciate everything you do, and the remarkable growth reflected in the many areas,” said The Honorable William Lee, Chair of the Beebe Board of Directors.

“After celebrating the first 100 years of Beebe Healthcare, we must now think to the future about the next 100 years and how Beebe can continue to best serve our community. While buildings are very important, it is really the people, and volunteers such as yourself, that make the difference,” said Mr. Fried.

Photo Caption: Check Presentation: Shown accepting the check from Beebe Auxiliary (left to right) are Mr. Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare; Richard Schaffner, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Beebe Healthcare; Nancy Tartaglione, Beebe Auxiliary President; The Honorable William Swain Lee, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Beebe Healthcare; and Judy Aliquo, President of the Beebe Medical Foundation.

Beebe Auxiliary raises funds through several initiatives including: Beebe’s Treasure Chest Thrift Shop in the Midway Shopping Center; the Gift Shop at the Medical Center in Lewes; the Auxiliary’s Craft Committee activities; the annual Plant Sale & Family Fun Fair at the Cordrey Center, and various employee sales events throughout the year.

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 residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware for residents and visitors, including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehabilitation services. For more information, please visit us online at Beebe Healthcare.