Making a commitment to quality healthcare


By Staff Report

Bayhealth, Inc. Board member and longtime Bayhealth supporter, Mike Koppenhaver is on a mission to raise awareness on the importance of superior healthcare in the community. Koppenhaver has always loved and appreciated Delaware. He was raised in Milford and later attended the University of Delaware where he graduated with a degree in finance. Currently Koppenhaver is a senior vice president for Merrill Lynch and lives in Rehoboth Beach.

Koppenhaver donates and serves on the Bayhealth, Inc. Board because he believes healthcare is the most critical way to give back to the community. “When you think about the quality of life in a community, you think of healthcare at the top of the list,” Koppenhaver said. “I have an inside view of Bayhealth’s focus and how they are improving the quality of the facilities, equipment and care which improves the quality of life for patients.”

Bayhealth and generous supporters like Koppenhaver are investing more than $300 million into the community for a new 437,000 square-foot health campus and outpatient center just off Route 1 in Milford. The health campus is scheduled to admit its first patient in 2019 and will be designed around the patient, with private rooms and state-of-the-art technology. “It’s going to be great to have a new, state-of-the-art facility in our southern region,” Koppenhaver said. “Most importantly, it will help improve the tools and resources for our physicians and staff, thereby improving the quality of care for the patients we serve.”



Nemours Children’s Health System will provide specialized services for children and seniors in a separate building on the health campus. “Having Nemours involved is huge for everyone,” Koppenhaver said. “It’s going to impact Kent and Sussex County in such a positive way, and I think it’s fantastic.”

Koppenhaver said he is an advocate for top-notch healthcare and encourages others to donate to support the health system. “Everyone should make a commitment so we have the resources necessary to continue to improve the quality of care,” he said. “It benefits everyone in the community, because the result is better patient outcomes.”

For more information on how to make a difference with your donation, visit or call the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015.

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