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i.g. Burton Auto donates $150K to Beebe

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From left to right, Chris Diaferio, Amy Mitchell, Kaitlyn Schafer, Ray Logue, MJ Lofland, Tom Protack, Marty Cannon, Charles Burton, Rob Fouler, Kay Young, and Guy Christopher. | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE

LEWES – i.g. Burton Auto Group donated $150,000 to Beebe Medical Foundation for the Family Medicine Residency Program at the R. Randall Rollins Center for Medical Education.

Once fully staffed, the program will facilitate a minimum of 7,000 additional primary care appointments each year for the community.

“I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the Medical Foundation for eight years and witnessed the tremendous growth of our community,” Charles Burton, president and CEO of i.g. Burton, said. “Beebe Healthcare has been visionary and quite aggressive in its own growth of building a new Specialty Surgical Hospital in Rehoboth and the South Coastal Health Campus in Millville with an emergency department and cancer center.

“What I have been most impressed with is the focus on bringing more doctors to our area, especially primary care doctors, and the new Family Medicine Residency Program. Our company is happy to support the residents as they learn their profession here in Sussex County and hopefully choose to stay and live here with us,” Burton said.

“Our first class of students is already in love with Beebe and Sussex County,” said Joyce Robert, MD, Program Director.

The donation is part of the Sussex Supports Beebe Healthcare campaign, which is focused on all of Beebe’s current programs, with a special emphasis on establishing new programs and strengthening core service lines. The campaign has already raised the necessary funds for a Mobile Health Clinic, several sprinter vans for Beebe’s Population Health, and for the new Center for Breast Health on the Rehoboth Health Campus. The original goal was $22.5 million but it has now been extended to $30 million.

“I am very grateful to Charlie Burton and his company for their strong and loyal support for so many years,” Tom Protack, president, Beebe Medical Foundation, said. “When Charlie opened up i.g. Burton Lewes Auto Mall, he immediately made a very generous gift to our I Believe in Beebe campaign in 2017 because he believes local businesses need to support their local nonprofit community healthcare system. Charlie continues his family’s legacy of giving that he learned from his grandfather and father. I am also very thankful for his knowledge, wisdom, and advice on our Foundation Board of Directors.”


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