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Donor Honors Late Wife with Gift to Bayhealth Health Campus Project

Friday, December 16, 2016 | Bayhealth Sussex Campus, Bayhealth Foundation
Milford’s appeal and small town charm is evident the minute you drive through the small city or enter a place of business. This appeal is thanks in part to the friendly people and loyal residents who call Milford home. Lifelong resident Ed Steiner is proud of and devoted to the city he has loved for so many years.

Ed attended Milford High School, graduating with the class of 1956. Soon after, he married Marjorie. Both shared an appreciation for Milford and strong community involvement. “We enjoyed spending time in the community and especially being supportive of our children’s activities,” Ed said. “We attended all sporting events and school performances that our children were a part of and Marge taught Sunday school for many years.”

The Steiners were happily married for 55 years, and lived a full life with their three children and three grandchildren. In early 2016, Marge passed away from a chronic respiratory illness. The family appreciated the medical community and Bayhealth Milford Memorial staff who gave Marge compassionate and supportive care in a variety of circumstances through many years.

Marge was an active member of the Bayhealth Milford Memorial Board of Directors for 27 years. At one point in time, Marge served as the president of the Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. “Bayhealth and their mission were very important to Marge,” Edward said. “She believed in and was proud of the healthcare and services they provided.”

The Steiner family made a generous contribution to the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III in support of the new health campus project in southern Delaware. The care Marge was provided by Bayhealth staff is the reason behind the donation. “We are greatly appreciative of the medical community at Milford Memorial. They are wonderful,” Ed said. “Our entire family is thankful for the care Marge received throughout the years. This is our way to give back and honor Marge.”

The $300 million health campus project in southern Delaware is well underway thanks in part to generous donors and supporters like the Steiners. Scheduled to admit patients in the first quarter of 2019, the health campus will include a six-story hospital with an expanded emergency department, additional operating and cardiac procedure rooms, all private patient rooms, and a cafeteria with outdoor seating. Expanded outpatient services will be available in a separate 70,000-square foot adjacent to the new hospital.

Ed said while he believes Milford Memorial is doing amazing things for the people in Milford, he is happy the new health campus will provide more options. “As we as a community continue to grow, it’s great to know that Bayhealth is growing with us,” he said. “It’s an exciting time in southern Delaware.”

Ed encourages others to consider donating to the Bayhealth Foundation to support the health system in continuing to provide the best possible care to the area. “Healthcare is so important, everyone needs it or will need it at some point,” Ed said. “It feels good to know that I am contributing to the health and wellness of the people in the town that I love.”

For more information on how to make a difference with your donation, visit bayhealthfoundation.org or call the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015.