Beebe Healthcare’s Dr. David Tam to Keynote 186th Annual Dinner

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Monday, January 9, 2023, marks the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s 186th Annual Dinner. The State Chamber is pleased to announce David A. Tam, MD, MBA, CPHE, FACHE, president and CEO of Beebe Healthcare, as this year’s distinguished keynote speaker.

In 1920, Sussex County’s population was just under 44,000 people. Today, the county boasts a population of more than 245,000 and is the fastest growing county in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. This growth is not just retirees, it includes people of every age and demographic. With growth, comes more employers and increased pressure on the delivery of public services.

As the only health system headquartered in and focused solely on Sussex County, Beebe Healthcare is leading the delivery of care to people who live, work, and visit the area. Since its founding in 1916, Beebe Healthcare has been developing alongside its community, and a century later, Beebe’s board approved the organization’s largest expansion to date. In the last two years alone, the nonprofit has opened two robust health campuses and added more than 100 physicians and providers to uphold its commitment of providing the safest and highest quality of care in Sussex County.

Dr. Tam joined Beebe Healthcare in 2020 to lead a team of nearly 3,000 employees. With the help of his board, Dr. Tam is providing a vision and strategic plan that will take Beebe from where it is today to where it plans to be in the future.

“I am honored to address Delaware’s vibrant and diverse business community at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s 186th Annual Dinner,” said Dr. Tam. “I look forward to sharing the story of Beebe and our plans for the future of healthcare.”

The Annual Dinner is the largest of the State Chamber’s annual events, drawing over 1,000 business leaders, dignitaries, and elected officials to the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The evening’s program will include the presentation of the Josiah Marvel Cup award in honor of the memory of Josiah Marvel, who reorganized and was the first president of the modern-day State Chamber. It is tradition that the recipient of the Marvel Cup is kept secret until the night of the dinner.

Registration for the 186th Annual Dinner can be found online at For more information about the Annual Dinner, please contact Kelly Basile at [email protected] or (302) 576-6564.

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