Born and raised in southern Delaware and happily married for 59 years, Bob and Joyce Voshell are admirable members of the community. The couple has served the community through several nonprofit organizations including Milford Boys and Girls Club, People’s Place, Milford Lions Club, Milford Chamber of Commerce, Milford Museum, Milford Hospice, Milford Library, and the Auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital.
Bob served in the Delaware legislature for Milford from 1992 to 1998 and worked at the Delaware Motor Vehicle Division for 40 years, the last 18 years as director. Joyce was a nurse for 25 years. The couple has two daughters and four grandsons.
The Voshells believe strong local community healthcare is essential to the success of the community. It’s their motivation behind years of continuous support through donations to the Bayhealth Foundation and recently to the Campaign for Bayhealth — Phase III in support of the new health campus. “There are two things people look for when moving to a new place — great healthcare and education,” Bob said. “The new hospital will have all the latest technology and attract top-notch physicians, and therefore our town will continue to grow and thrive.”
Bob and Joyce used their influences in the community to connect the Bayhealth Foundation to several donors. “Although they did a good job of keeping it up, Milford Memorial is old, so building the new hospital was a top priority,” Bob said. “I know a lot of generous contributors and saw a lot of funding opportunities for the new hospital. It was important to me to connect them with the Foundation because our town was growing, and we as a community needed to be prepared and equipped with the best healthcare possible.”
Scheduled to admit patients in the first quarter of 2019, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus will include a six-story hospital with an expanded emergency department, additional operating and cardiac procedure rooms, all private patient rooms, and a cafeteria with outdoor seating. Expanded outpatient services will be available in a separate 70,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the new hospital.
The Voshells are members of the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. In addition to their individual contributions towards the health campus, they also work with fellow church members to raise money for the campaign.
“It’s so important to the health of our community, and the affiliations and technology are impressive,” Joyce said. “Bayhealth has wonderful nurses who are caring and well educated, certified, and concerned for every patient. It’s important they have all they need to do their job.”
Bob and Joyce have a long history of investment and interest in the healthcare of their local community. They were supportive of the 1997 merger between Milford Memorial and Kent General under the name Bayhealth. “There is real opportunity when you merge two hospitals together. It offered more jobs, more economic growth, and more doctors, and the result was a better healthcare facility,” Bob said. “Patients no longer had to travel for the latest technology and advanced care.”
The Voshells love Milford and are pleased to invest in the health and future of the town. “Milford is a very friendly place where everyone knows their neighbors,” Bob said. “It’s a giving and loving community. We will continue to support Bayhealth because of what it does for our great community.”
Individuals can visit ImagineDE.com for more information about the Bayhealth Sussex Campus or call the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015 to learn how they can support the project.
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