Beebe Medical Foundation Announces 2008 Beebe Medical Center Honorees
The Beebe Medical Foundation will present three prestigious philanthropic and service awards to individuals who have made a significant difference to Beebe Medical Center and to the quality of healthcare it brings to the community.
Mrs. Edna Woodhall, a long-time volunteer, the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary, and Srihari Peri, MD, Medical Director of the Tunnell Cancer Center will be honored at the Fifth Annual Beebe Honors Dinner and Recognition Ceremony Thursday, September 11, at the Clubhouse at Baywood, Long Neck.
The three Beebe Honors were established in memory of Norman B. Baylis, John W. Rollin, Sr., and Robert W. Tunnell, Sr., individuals who represent the epitome of volunteerism and generosity that Beebe Medical Center has received from the community since the hospital first opened its doors in 1916.
Mrs.Woodhall will be presented with the Excellence in Healthcare award named after Norman B. Baylis, who served as a member of the Medical Center's Board for 28 years and saw Beebe as not only a healthcare provider, but also a community partner. Mrs. Woodhall became involved in supporting Beebe Medical Center in the 1960s together with her husband, the Reverend William Woodhall, who then served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lewes. In 1985, Mrs. Woodhall was hired by Beebe Medical Center to establish the volunteer program in which she served until retirement in 1995. The number of volunteers grew quickly due to the fast growth of the Medical Center and the large numbers of retirees were moving into the area. Mrs. Woodhall and her husband also volunteered during that time and still continue to volunteer wherever needed. She joined the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary in 1986 and now serves on the Auxiliary Board as the Parliamentarian.
The Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary will be presented with the Healthcare Philanthropy award named after John W. Rollins, Sr., who felt that personal wealth was a poor measure of success if one did not give back to the community. The Auxiliary, established in 1936 as a philanthropic and service organization for the hospital, has remained a strong supporter of Beebe Medical Center. Since 1992, it has raised more than $1.65 million through its many fundraising efforts. This past May it presented a check to the hospital for $275,000 for funds raised over the past year. This was the largest amount of money presented to Beebe Medical Center in a single year by the organization.
Dr. Peri will be presented with the Award for Service to Beebe Medical Center named after Robert W. Tunnell, Sr., who appreciated the need to bring sophisticated cancer care and other advanced care to the people and visitors to southern Delaware. Dr. Peri is known by his team members and his patients as a compassionate physician devoted to helping his patients. Under his medical leadership, Tunnell Cancer Center has grown to become a center that provides multi-disciplinary and comprehensive cancer care and treatment. The Center has grown from a staff of five team members to more than 50 team members. He encouraged Beebe Medical Center in its clinical affiliation with the Delaware/Christiana Care Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) that allows patients of the Tunnell Cancer Center to take part in clinical research trials.
Delaware entrepreneur Alan Levin will be the guest speaker. Mr. Levin is the past President and CEO of Happy Harry's Pharmacy. He served as chairman of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He is currently president of Alan Levin & Associates.
The cost of the tickets is $60 and can be purchased by calling the Beebe Medical Foundation (302) 645-2900.
Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Medical Center. The Foundation is located at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes DE 19958. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemedicalfoundation.org
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org