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Beebe Medical Foundation Receives Historic $10 Million Donation

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LEWES, Del. - Beebe Healthcare is now $10 million richer due to a record breaking donation from the Rollins family's Ma-Ran Foundation.

"It truly is a historic moment in Beebe's 101 years of caring," says Judy Aliquo, the President & CEO of the Beebe Medical Foundation. "This gift from the Rollins Family and the Ma-Ran Foundation is the largest gift Beebe has ever received, the largest gift in Sussex County and it is one of the largest gifts in the state of Delaware."

Beebe made the announcement Friday morning, revealing that the $10 million would go towards building a new four story patient wing and pavillion on Savannah Road. Beebe says the new building will extend their capacity for complex cases and create new Women's and Children's Department on the second floor. Beebe Healthcare President & CEO Jeffrey Fried says it's part of the $180 million expansion project aimed at creating an entirely private hospital. The new facility will have 200 private rooms, compared to the 130 the new Bayhealth Hospital in Milford will have when it opens in 2019. Fried says both Bayhealth and Beebe are fulfilling needs in their area. 

"The county is growing. The state is growing," says Fried. "And, you know, the area up outside Milford is growing so I'm sure they have the same interest we do as to make sure they're serving their community."

According to Beebe, having an expanded hospital in Lewes specifically is important due to population growth. They say  the Lewes-Rehoboth area is projected to grow 9.2 percent in the next five years, compared to Sussex County's 7.4 percent growth rate. Beebe says the U.S. population is increasing at just a 3.8 percent growth rate. 

"People who retired want to move here," explains Fried. "People who tend to retire tend to use health care services at a higher rate than the rest of the population, and so these plans really reflect our attempt to meet the needs of a growing community." 

The donation is just one of many the Rollins family has made to the hospital over the years. In 2011, Randall and Peggy Rollins donated $3 million toward the expansion and naming of Beebe Healthcare’s Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, through the Ma-Ran Foundation. Peggy was born in Lewes and she and Mr. Rollins married in Lewes in 1953. While they live in Georgia now, they return regularly to their home on Lewes Beach. According to Beebe's website, "the Ma-Ran Foundation has been a continual benefactor of Beebe Healthcare since 1985. Randall Rollins is the son of O. Wayne Rollins and a nephew of John Rollins, who also has been a benefactor of Beebe."

Fried says they expect to start work on the new facility in the fall of 2018. 



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