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Carl M. Freeman Foundation donates $370K to Beebe Medical Foundation

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From left to right: Kim Blanch, Kay Young, Patti Grimes, Michelle Freeman, and Tom Protack | PHOTO COURESTY OF BEEBE

LEWES — The Beebe Medical Foundation announced a three-year restricted grant of $370,000 from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation to help fund the purchase of a new Beebe Healthcare Mobile Health Clinic that will serve Sussex County.

An initial gift of $145,000 was granted this year and the remaining $225,000 is a 1:1 matching gift challenge.

“The Beebe Medical Foundation continues to be very grateful to the Carl M. Freeman Foundation for its strategic vision toward building a healthier community through philanthropy,” said Tom Protack, President, Beebe Medical Foundation. “Michelle Freeman and her team have been supportive of our South Coastal Health Campus near Millville and remain focused on projects that improve community health and wellness in Sussex County.”

Mobile Health Clinics have a proven track record in expanding access to evidence-based services for individuals who suffer from substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD). Mobilizing Beebe’s SUD/OUD and harm reduction teams of behavioral and mental health professionals will connect more patients to appropriate treatment options, and better support patients in their transition from addiction to treatment and beyond.

“Addiction is widespread and touches many people in our local communities. We believe in the importance of working directly in the community to provide treatment and resources for those in need,” said Michelle Freeman, chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. “Beebe continues to take an innovative and holistic approach to healthcare in Sussex County, and we are pleased to support their efforts.”

Kim Blanch, RN, Director of Community Outreach, Beebe Healthcare, said the mobile health clinic will deliver healthcare to where the community needs it most.

“This generous gift from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation supports our outreach goal to literally meet people where they are,” Blanch said. “Through a mobile unit, our dedicated teams will be able to offer individuals and communities in need a low-barrier access point to integrated treatment, programs, and services.”

Another source of funding for Beebe Healthcare’s Mobile Health Clinic is The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), which oversees the $37 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Beebe Medical Foundation works in a variety of ways to ensure gifts are donated in a way that is important to the donors – whether restricted to a specific fund or unrestricted and directed toward the areas of greatest need. For more information about how you can help support this Mobile Health Clinic during the matching gift challenge, contact the Beebe Medical Foundation by calling 302-644-2900 or sending an email to foundation@beebehealthcare.org.

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