COVID notes: $1 million donation to Beebe, Delmarva continues no disconnection policy; Highmark donates facemarks


Beebe Healthcare, Lewes, has received a $1 million gift to its COVID-19 Relief Fund from the Ma-Ran Foundation.

“It is with great joy that I share the very good news of this gift from Ma-Ran Foundation, through the generosity of Peggy and Randall Rollins, for their contribution to help Beebe Healthcare fight the COVID-19 pandemic here in Sussex County,” said Tom Protack, president of Beebe Medical Foundation. “Their generous gift will certainly bring relief to Beebe during this time of crisis, worry and uncertainty, as we have quickly had to face many new challenges and new expenses with fighting this pandemic. I am so grateful to Peggy and Randall Rollins and their family, for their strong and loyal commitment to Beebe Healthcare. Their gift will help us save lives in our time of need.”

The Beebe Medical Foundation established the COVID-19 Relief Fund as a direct way for donors to make an impact. All the funds raised are being transferred to Beebe Healthcare on a regular basis for the additional medical supplies, staffing and personal protective equipment and technology needed to fight the pandemic.

“Now more than ever, Beebe needs everyone’s support to get through this crisis. We wanted to make a gift so that Beebe can remain strong, committed and focused to taking care of patients at this crucial time,” stated Randall and Peggy Rollins.

David A. Tam, MD, CEO of Beebe Healthcare added, “It’s so wonderful to live where philanthropy and giving is such a vital part of the fabric of our community. This amazing gift from the Ma-Ran Foundation will go directly toward the purchase of our very own rapid testing technology here, among other equipment and technology to help us better serve our community. This gift will help us save lives. Beebe has incurred many additional expenses and this gift will not only help us now, but during our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Delmarva Power extends deadline for late charges, disconnections

Delmarva Power is extending the policies put in place to support small business and residential customers during the coronavirus crisis, including suspending service disconnections, waiving new late fees and reconnecting customers who were previously disconnected. The policies will now be in place until at least July 1.

Customers struggling to pay their bill should contact Delmarva Power Customer Care as soon as possible at 800-375-7117. As of May 15, the company has already established more than 1,414 customized payment arrangement plans helping customers manage the financial challenges of the pandemic. The company also has reconnected energy service for 193 customers where it was safe to do so.

Delmarva Power has extended customer support programs for all residential and small business customers and will continue to work with these customers to waive late payment fees, maintain energy service, discuss reconnections, and determine eligibility for assistance programs. Delmarva Power representatives can also discuss payment options, like Budget Billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans.

More information about the company’s energy assistance programs can be found at

Highmark donates 40,000 facemasks to EMS workers

Highmark Inc. is extending its gratitude to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) first responders during National EMS Week by donating nearly 40,000 cloth face coverings to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and preserve valuable PPE for direct patient care. This effort spans across Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware was able to provide 2,500 face coverings for EMS personnel throughout the state,” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “We are thankful for the work they do and the risks that they face. This is just a small way for us to show our appreciation.”

The face coverings are made of a washable cloth material and are branded with Highmark’s signature colors, blue and green. The face coverings are intended to be worn in situations where an EMS provider may not be interacting with a patient or is off-duty. The initiative highlights Highmark’s dedication to the community by providing coverage for more than health care alone.

“EMS professionals have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic since day one. We owe them an immense amount of gratitude for their ongoing partnership, as we continue to serve our community,” said Deb Rice-Johnson, president of Highmark Inc. “It’s fitting that we can show our appreciation by providing them with face coverings that will allow for high-grade personal protective equipment to be preserved for when it’s needed the most.”

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