Bayhealth Foundation Announces $5.6 Million for New Campus

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Front Row from left to right (seated): Margaux Azzanesi, Pat Fisher, Connie Fisher, Sara Kate Hammer, Cynthia Jones Back Row from left to right (standing): David Rutt, Lois Studte, Jamie Masten, Dawn Kenton, Dean Johnson, Bill Strickland, Johnny Hopkins, Dr. Jose Guzman, Ben Jones, Garrett Grier, Judy Grier, Bob Voshell.
Front Row from left to right (seated): Margaux Azzanesi, Pat Fisher, Connie Fisher, Sara Kate Hammer, Cynthia Jones
Back Row from left to right (standing): David Rutt, Lois Studte, Jamie Masten, Dawn Kenton, Dean Johnson, Bill Strickland, Johnny Hopkins, Dr. Jose Guzman, Ben Jones, Garrett Grier, Judy Grier, Bob Voshell.

Staff Report

At an event held at Abbott’s Grill in Milford,  DE on September 22, the Bayhealth Foundation gathered civic leaders, Bayhealth leadership, and members of the community to provide an update on Bayhealth’s largest ever initiative – the new health campus.
The new health campus project, located on a 165-acre property just off of Route 1 in Milford, will include an inpatient hospital. It will also provide convenient outpatient services such as primary care, specialty physicians and diagnostic testing, all in one location. Bayhealth’s goal is to provide many different services at one location to maximize the community’s access to the best health care in the region. In fact, an agreement with Nemours to provide pediatric and senior care at the new health campus was announced at this same event.

After introducing special guests and making a presentation about the progress being made on the new health campus design, Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE welcomed Bill Strickland to the podium. Strickland serves as the chair for the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III, a fundraising initiative which will support the construction of the new health campus.

Strickland recognized members of the campaign committee who were in the audience and thanked them for their commitment to Bayhealth’s continued development. Since its formation in June 2015, the campaign committee has made significant strides in their fundraising goals. Strickland named more than 20 donors who had made commitments of $25,000 or more, and thanked them for their gifts.

“As a committee, we’ve pledged to raise $15 million in support of the new health campus,” said Strickland. “And so far, people like you have made commitments of $5,640,339.” At this, the audience applauded enthusiastically.

The early commitments to the campaign are a combination of recent pledges from families, individuals and businesses, estate intentions from living donors, a significant estate gift from several years ago and the outstanding support of the Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

“We are grateful and thrilled thus far,” said Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh. “This progress is a direct testimony to the community’s commitment to the new health campus. We are just beginning our work to meet the largest fundraising goal in the history of Bayhealth in support of the most extensive building project the organization has ever undertaken. It’s a great start and we’re confident that, with the help of many more generous donors, we can meet the goal over the course of this campaign.”

For more information about the Bayhealth Foundation or the new health campus, individuals can visit bayhealthfoundation.org or call 302-744-7015.