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An historical marker recognizes Beebe Medical Foundation for its many contributions to healthcare in Sussex County
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The Beebe Medical Foundation hosted state and local officials, volunteers and community members on Wednesday, November 19, for the unveiling of an official state historical marker in Lewes recognizing the Foundation for the work that it does in raising money to support healthcare services in the community. Delaware’s Speaker of the House Pete Schwartkopf, Representative Steve Smyk and Senator Ernesto Lopez together paid for the marker in honor of the volunteers and staff of Beebe Medical Foundation.
Beebe Medical Foundation, since it was established in 1989, has been raising money to help fulfill Beebe Healthcare's mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health to the people residing, working, or visiting the communities it serves.
Beebe Healthcare, established in 1916 by two physicians, Dr. James Beebe and Dr. Richard Beebe, as a three-room hospital in Lewes, is a community-owned, not-for-profit healthcare system that depends upon philanthropy to provide people throughout Sussex County with medical advances and patient care.
Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO, during the ceremony, especially thanked the staff and volunteers of the Foundation for all that they do to support Beebe. Today, Beebe operates the Medical Center in Lewes, seven outpatient facilities throughout southern Delaware, a community nurse outreach program, and a home health program, providing care for several thousand people each day. Over the last 25 years, the Lewes-based Foundation has raised more than $45 million that have helped pay for several major construction projects, including the buildings at the Beebe Health Campus on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach, the expansion of the Emergency Department, and the latest expansion of the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing that will be completed in the spring of 2015. The funds also have helped pay for many medical advances available at Beebe, including 3D mammography and technology at Tunnell Cancer Center that delivers radiation therapy to treat cancer patients.
Wednesday’s ceremony took place on the grounds of the Foundation’s headquarters, which are housed in the 1940’s-era home of one of Beebe’s two co-founding brothers, Dr. Richard Beebe. Special guests attending the ceremony included Dr. Richard Beebe’s daughter Anna Beebe-Moore, her son Alex Moore, his son Chase Moore, and their cousin Michael Gilmore.
Others who spoke included: Sen. Lopez; Rep. Smyk; Judy L. Aliquo, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation; Thomas J. Cooper, Chair of Beebe Medical Foundation; and Stephen M. Marz, Director of Delaware State Archives.
The Delaware State Legislature established the Delaware historical marker program in 1931. Since then, more than 570 historical markers have been erected throughout the state to document the history of Delaware and its people.
Caption: Pictured here, left to right, back row: Senator Ernie Lopez; Representative Steven Smyk; Director of Delaware State Archives Stephen M. Marz. Middle row: The Honorable William Swain Lee, Board Chair of Beebe Medical Center; Michael DiPaolo, Executive Director of Lewes Historical Society. Front row: Jeffery M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare; Thomas J. Cooper, Board Chair of the Beebe Medical Foundation; and Judy L. Aliquo President and CEO Beebe Medical Foundation.
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 including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org.