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Longtime Donors Support Nemours Medical Office Building

Mel and Peni Warren are longtime Bayhealth donors. Most recently they made a generous contribution to the Bayhealth/Nemours Sussex Campus Campaign in support of Bayhealth’s continued mission to bring specialized care to central and southern Delaware.

“We have enjoyed watching and supporting Bayhealth’s quest to bring specialized care to the community,” said Mel Warren, who was a member of the Steering Committee for Kent Expansion. “In recent years, we’ve been thrilled to witness the partnership with Penn Medicine for cardiac, orthopaedic and oncology care and the multiple large expansion projects at both the Kent and Sussex campuses.”

The pediatric component of the Bayhealth/Nemours Sussex Campus project is especially important to the Warrens. Peni’s brother was born at Milford Memorial Hospital with a rare neuromuscular disease. According to Peni, he received continued care from Nemours duPont Pediatrics and A.I. duPont Hospital for Children during his childhood and even beyond due to the rare nature of the disease.

“We want to commend Bayhealth for recognizing the need for pediatric care in the region. When we heard about the location of the Nemours facility in Milford, we were impressed by the access to care it would give many families in southern Delaware,” said Peni.

Growing up, Mel also witnessed the positive working relationship his mother had with A.I duPont Hospital for Children, as both of his parents worked in the Capital School District, and his mom was a special needs care coordinator.

“We have lived the need for having a strong community hospital. Both of our sons were born at Kent, our parents received care there and our clients use Bayhealth. We always say, ‘It’s not if, but when you will need hospital care,’” said Mel.

The Nemours Sussex Medical Office Building is on schedule to open in fall 2020. Nemours duPont Pediatrics and Nemours SeniorCare will occupy the first floor of the facility. Bayhealth physician practices will occupy the second and third floors. The financial commitment of Bayhealth and Nemours to build, outfit and prepare the facility is over $35 million. Nemours and Bayhealth have embarked on a joint campaign to further engage the community through philanthropy, with the goal of raising critical funds to support the building as well as the expanded pediatric services and programs that Nemours will provide within it.

Donors can choose to make a gift or pledge that can be used in three ways: equally split between Bayhealth and Nemours, directed to Bayhealth in support of their capital investment in the building or directed to Nemours in support of their investment in the services and related equipment capital that will be offered at the facility.

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