October 6, 2017

October 4, 2017 (SEAFORD, DE): Nanticoke Health Services is pleased to announce its cancer center located in Seaford is being renamed in honor of Barbara and Chick Allen, recognizing their very generous gift of over $1 million for cancer care services at the hospital. The Allen’s have been longtime supporters of Nanticoke, previously contributing to the expansion of the cardiac catheterization program a few years ago as well as the hospital’s capital campaign in 2016. With their 2017 contribution the Allen’s continue their commitment to making the best possible health care available to their family, friends and neighbors in Western Sussex County.

“Barbara and Chick continue to generously support Nanticoke, most recently by helping fund improvements to our cancer center. But, as they have shared with me many times, they personally believe that what sets Nanticoke apart from other providers is our oncologists, nurses and staff,” said Steven Rose, RN, MSN, President/CEO of Nanticoke Health Services. “They have expressed a great deal of gratitude for the service, compassion and professional care this team has provided to them; the same care and compassion they provide to their patients every day.”

Each year, Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Center provides nearly 10,000 cancer treatments, including nearly 5,000 infusion treatments.

For 2017-2018, this number continues to grow. “With the increasing need for comprehensive cancer treatment, we are pleased to be able to support this important project that will benefit the region,” said Barbara and Chick Allen.

Through this gift, the ALLEN CANCER CENTER at Nanticoke will establish a new pharmacy and lab specifically for cancer patients. “Additionally, the cancer center will expand the number of infusion bays, including semi-private treatment areas, increasing the comfort of our patients. The infusion bays overlook the Nanticoke River where it is not unusual to see fish jumping, turtles sunbathing, and eagles fishing,” said Julie Abel, LPN, MHA, CTR, and Director of Nanticoke Cancer Care Services. The project also includes updates to the façade, entrance and lobby areas, making the environment more relaxing for patients and their families and friends supporting them during care.

“The Allen’s have personally witnessed the impacts of cancer. They understand how important it is for these very vulnerable patients to get the best care possible in an environment that is comfortable, convenient, and soothing,” said Lynda Messick, Chairperson of Nanticoke’s Board of Directors. “The Allen’s are deeply grateful for the compassion, kindness and support of the staff at Nanticoke. This gift, in part, is recognition of the great work done by our team while also providing an exceptional environment for care for those who need it most.”

Nanticoke Health Services includes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the Nanticoke Physician Network and the Nanticoke Health Foundation. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was the first hospital on Delmarva to receive a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is the only hospital in Delaware and Maryland to be nationally recognized by Healthgrades with both the Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and the Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Nanticoke holds a Level III Trauma Center certification, is nationally certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, and is a Gold Plus Award performer according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program. Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Services holds Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. For more information, please visit

Nanticoke Health Foundation: 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