December 4, 2017

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Nanticoke Health Services paid tribute to healthcare leaders in the Western Sussex County community. The Nanticoke Health Services Tributes for Healthcare Leadership awards individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the provision and improvement of healthcare in the communities of Western Sussex County.

The 13th annual Nanticoke Health Services Tributes for Healthcare Leadership dinner saluted this year’s honorees – Charles C. Allen Jr. Leadership in Philanthropy Award recipient, Trinity Foundation; Founders Award recipient, Nancy Cook Marsh; and Physician Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. James F. Palmer.

Charles C. Allen, Jr. Leadership in Philanthropy Award

The Charles C. Allen, Jr. Leadership in Philanthropy Award recognizes those who promote giving back to the community and in doing so, encourage others to do the same. The Trinity Foundation and Trinity Logistics team members have energized others to support what they are passionate about while serving and giving back to our communities. Tonight we recognize and thank them for their work by presenting the Charles C. Allen Philanthropy award to the Trinity Foundation.

Locally and across the country, Trinity Team members work all year, organizing activities and fundraisers, from the local golf tournaments to weekend yard sales, doing whatever it takes to support important community needs. Many Seaford community organizations, including Nanticoke Health Services, are beneficiaries of the hard work and dedication of this very special group of people. In total, this has amounted to more than $600,000 that they have put back into the community.

Nanticoke is fortunate to have been both the beneficiary and partner of the Trinity Foundation. They have supported Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Center, Cardiac Catheterization Unit, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and other areas. A few of their events also have provided an opportunity for Nanticoke staff to participate and show support – such as the annual 5k walk/run and the annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament, which raises funds for cancer patients to purchase wigs, provide travel and help support any other needs they may have.

Founders Award

The Founders’ Award recognizes those individuals who have furthered the mission of Nanticoke Health Services and improves the health of our communities. Through her hours of work, thoughtful advice and calming influence, Nancy Cook Marsh has done this for over thirty years. It is, therefore, our great honor to present Nancy with this year’s Nanticoke Founders’ Award.

Nancy was recognized for her dedication and commitment to Nanticoke Health Services as a member of the Nanticoke Health Foundation Board and former member of the Parent Board of Nanticoke Health Services, Community Health Board, Co-chair of Nanticoke’s Dinner Auction and past Auxiliary President. Nancy began volunteering at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in 1988 and is still a volunteer today with nearly 8,000 hours of service over the years.

Nancy’s involvement in the community has not been limited to Nanticoke. She is a member of Mt. Olivet Church in Seaford and has served over the years as the President of the Women’s Association, co-chair of the kitchen, volunteering as a youth counselor, and singing in the choir. She is a member of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the Seaford Historical Society.

Nanticoke Physicians Hall of Fame

The Physicians Hall of Fame recognizes and honors physicians who have served their communities with dedication and distinction. Nanticoke was pleased to induct Dr. James F. Palmer for his service to the community as a Nanticoke Health Services medical staff member for over 10 years. Within that time, he has affected many lives and has become well-known, well-respected and trusted by all. Dr. Palmer is caring, compassionate and dedicated, and always puts his patients first.

Caring For and Supporting a Healthier Community

The Nanticoke Health Foundation solely supports the mission of Nanticoke Health Services, which is to positively impact the communities’ quality of life through superior health service. The support and resources provided by the Foundation are invested in the hospital’s programs and services, technological advancements, community education, preventative care, new equipment and capital projects to better serve the community’s needs. The Nanticoke Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit