Roll up your sleeves, grab a hammer, and join the fun as CEOs from three Delaware healthcare systems volunteer with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity on August 23, 2013.
Terry Murphy, FACHE, Bayhealth President and CEO; Jeffrey Fried, FACHE, Beebe Medical Center President and CEO; and Steven Rose, RN, MSN, CEO and President of Nanticoke Health Services will contribute their talents to an upcoming house build in Georgetown.
“We’re committed to being a good neighbor and community partner,” said Murphy. “It feels great to contribute to the good work being done by Habitat for Humanity, while also building collaboration between these healthcare organizations.”
Healthier Sussex County is currently participating with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity on two house build projects currently underway in Georgetown.
In Fall 2011, the CEOs of the three Sussex County Health Systems – Bayhealth, Beebe, and Nanticoke—established the Healthier Sussex County Task Force to develop a plan to address health disparities in Sussex County. A major component of the program is building partnerships with healthcare, state, and county resources.
The first two projects undertaken by Healthier Sussex County focused on diabetes management and mammography screening. Through alliances with community organizations such as Public Health and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, the Task Force met its goals in both areas, increasing the screening rates in target populations and raising awareness through education and self-management programs.
As the Healthier Sussex County program evolves, new initiatives will be added in order to make Sussex County one of the healthiest counties in the nation.
Well-constructed, affordable housing has been shown to improve health outcomes for adults and children, so the partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a good fit for Healthier Sussex County. Providing new homes for two families in Georgetown will contribute to positive health behavior in the local community.
The project is particularly meaningful to Murphy, Fried, Rose, and their employees because the mothers in the two families who will live in the new homes work in the healthcare field.
Employees from all three health systems will volunteer and help build two homes over the next several months.
To learn more about the Healthier Sussex County initiative, visit healthiersussexcounty.com. To learn more about Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and how you can donate or volunteer, go to sussexcountyhabitat.org.