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Patty Derrick Donates $150K to Beebe for Interfaith Chapel at Specialty Surgical Hospital


Tom Protack and Patty Derrick celebrate the excellent care Beebe gives to her and the community with her gift

Patty Derrick donated $150,000 to the “I Believe in Beebe” campaign to name the new interfaith chapel at the Specialty Surgical Hospital.

The owner of the Sea Shell Shops, Shell We Eat Ice Cream, Shell We Golf and Shell We Bounce will also include a special stained glass window in the chapel, which will be named “Shell We Pray.” The new surgical hospital will be the anchor of the Rehoboth Health Campus off of Route 24 and is slated for summer 2021.

“I am dedicating this chapel to my deceased husband, Thomas B. Derrick, and to my deceased mother, Virginia May Klobe, and to my substitute mother and very long time friend, Marie Mollick, who still living at 94 years young,” Derrick said. “The love, care, and concern I have received over the years from those I am dedicating the chapel to, is the same kind of love, care and concern Beebe has for its community. My last born is a Beebe Baby and now he’s going on 40. As my Mother would say, ‘It’s the right thing to do.’ I think God would say the same thing and I encourage other businesses to step forward and be part of the “I Believe in Beebe” campaign.”

The record-breaking $45 million “I Believe in Beebe” campaign ended in December, surpassing the $34 million goal to support the healthcare system’s largest expansion in its 104-year history.

“Patty is a true Beebe Believer,” said Thomas J. Protack, President of the Beebe Medical Foundation. “I met Patty this past summer at the Fourth of July party of a mutual friend. As we talked and she learned about my role at the Foundation, she asked about ways she could give. She had an immediate interest in the 1916 Club and not only did she become a 1916 club member, she also made this wonderful gift to name the 1st Floor chapel at the Specialty Surgical Hospital.

“Patty is a leader – a member of our community who understands that supporting her local healthcare system builds and improves the community where we all live and where she has lived and worked since 1979. I am grateful. Patty’s gift has already inspired other local businesses to come forward to support the hospital.”

Caption: Tom Protack and Patty Derrick celebrate the excellent care Beebe gives to her and the community with her gift to Beebe Medical Foundation that will name the interfaith chapel at the new Rehoboth Health Campus, “Shell We Pray.”


As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, Beebe Healthcare depends on the generous support of individuals, local businesses, corporations and private foundations. All gifts are tax-deductible, so please consider making a gift today. Contact Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900 or [email protected].