Bayhealth Foundation surpasses fundraising goal

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Bayhealth says that they have surpassed their $15 million fundraising goal on Tuesday, as the Campaign for Bayhealth-- Phase III, in support of the Bayhealth Sussex Campus, comes to an end.

Officials say that the campaign has secured its place among the most successful fundraising campaigns ever completed in southern Delaware. Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh announced this during a campaign celebration on the site of the Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, which is currently under construction.

Rhodenbaugh says, "Our sites were set high, higher than any capital campaign in the history of Milford, and as high as just about any effort of its kind in Sussex County. But as lofty as our goal was, we believed the faithfulness and generosity of the citizens of Sussex County were equal to the task. We are thankful and humbled by the community response."

The Campaign for Bayhealth - Phase III has reportedly garnered $15.5 million to date in support of the new hospital and outpatient center on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus. Officials say that in total, more than 800 people, families, businesses, and charitable foundations have participated in the fundraising effort, so far.

Bill Strickland, chairman, Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III says, "Your gifts are making a profound impact on the lives and well-being of those living in southern Delaware. The campaign's success is a reflection of a community that is genuinely appreciative of what Bayhealth is doing to strengthen healthcare in southern Delaware."

Officials say that the Bayhealth Sussex Campus, which is being built on a 169-acre greenfield site, will" feature a 440,000-square-foot hospital and outpatient center, including expanded emergency and trauma services, cardiovascular services, additional operating rooms, and all private patient rooms."

Nemours Children's Health System will reportedly offer specialized care for children in a separate building on the health campus, cutting the need for Sussex County residents to drive 90 miles or more for comprehensive specialty child care.

Bayhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Terry Murphy, F.A.C.H.E. says, "This is a more than $300 million reinvestment in the communities of southern Delaware, and the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III has helped to defray some of the costs associated with a project of this magnitude.

It is the largest, most comprehensive healthcare project ever undertaken in Sussex County. And this is just the beginning. The new Bayhealth Sussex Campus allows for room to grow, so that it can continue to serve patients today and countless future generations." For more information, people can visit or call 302-744-7015.

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