Lewes couple donates $50K to Beebe COVID-19 response

March 31, 2020

Scott and Tracy Sipprelle have committed $50,000 to Beebe’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The Sipprelles, who own a home in Lewes, wanted to support Beebe in an effort to purchase the necessary technology and testing equipment to allow Beebe to test for COVID-19 at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus.

“We felt compelled to contribute funds to help the hospital prepare and to make the critical investments needed to confront the health crisis. Investing in Beebe is our way of investing in the community,” said Tracy.

“Beebe is working to ensure the optimal process for screening and testing as many Sussex County resident as possible for COVID-19. This way, we can develop the best methods for illness prevention as well as plans for the expected surge of critically ill patients. The support we receive from Scott and Tracy Sipprelle will help equip team Beebe with the needed equipment to combat this pandemic and save lives in Sussex County,” said Dr. David Tam, president and CEO of Beebe Healthcare.

The Sipprelles’ donation was to Beebe’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will help purchase medical equipment, supplies and costs directly associated with patient care, enabling Beebe team members to continue doing what it takes to keep everyone safe. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, needs may increase or change.

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“The Beebe Medical Foundation is so grateful to Scott and Tracy for making a major gift to jump-start our newly established COVID 19 Relief Fund. They have been strong and loyal 1916 Club members, donating every year to Beebe since they purchased their home,” said Tom Protack, Beebe Medical Foundation president. “Realizing that our expenses are increasing exponentially, they reached out immediately to help. No doubt, their gift will inspire others to make a contribution. We are all in this fight together. Every gift counts no matter what the size, and no matter if you are a full-time resident or summer friend. If there ever was a time to make a financial gift to your community nonprofit hospital, the time is now as we are in the midst of fighting a pandemic.”

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