Decades of making a lasting impact


In a community hospital system like Bayhealth Kent General and Milford Memorial, physicians and nurses are part of a healthcare team who make lasting impacts on their patients and communities as a whole. For one local couple — Pulmonary Medicine Physician Michel Samaha, MD, and his wife Care Manager Laura Samaha, RN, BSN, ACM — giving a combined 43 years of service professionally to the communities of central and southern Delaware is just the beginning.

When Dr. Samaha joined the Medical Staff of Bayhealth Milford Memorial 13 years ago, and opened his practice on an adjacent property, he quickly became attached to the community. He began reinvesting in the hospital with contributions to the Bayhealth Foundation. He has since worked to improve and deliver a higher level of care to patients at the hospital through his efforts on the Medical Staff Executive Committee. Over the years, Dr. Samaha says he’s seen support from Bayhealth leaders like President and CEO Terry M. Murphy, FACHE, who championed expanding services when he was the chief operating officer.

Laura’s tenure with Bayhealth predates Dr. Samaha’s as she joined Kent General in 1987 as a staff nurse. She’s served in a variety of roles including Intermediate Care nurse and charge nurse, Dialysis nurse and is now a care manager. In her current role she helps with the throughput of patients to ensure timely admission, treatment and discharge. Since Kent General and Milford Memorial merged under the name Bayhealth 20 years ago, Laura has spent time working at both locations. She’s seen progress at the Clarke Avenue facility, but says the health campus is needed more now than ever.

“The community deserves a bigger, better hospital and that is what they’ll find at the new health campus,” says Dr. Samaha. As he explains, the current Clarke Avenue facility is limited because of reconfiguration issues needed to further expand services. Laura says the facility hasn’t had the chance to grow as much as Kent General, but she sees the new health campus project as a game changer.

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