Our dear friend Richard Champlin Sheridan, Jr., known by friends simply as "Champ," passed away on Aug. 7, 2013. But his extraordinary generosity and leadership will be remembered by our community for generations as one who championed many worthy causes.
Champ and his wife Debbie have the distinction of being IRMC's first $1,000,000 donors to The 21st Century Campaign for Indian River Medical Center. Intending to remain anonymous, after encouragement to allow us to share the level of their gift and their identity to encourage others to follow their example, they agreed. Their hope that others would join the campaign effort with similar, or even greater, gifts was realized as others stepped forward, giving even greater amounts. Thanks to Champ and Debbie and many others, we surpassed our $50-million goal for The 21st Century Campaign and now have a new ER, The Heart Center, the Sheridan Intensive Care Unit, Waxlax Recovery Room and Patient Pavilion, as a result.
While Champ was too ill to attend the grand opening of the new 14-bed surgical intensive care unit named in his and Debbie’s honor, he was able a few weeks later to visit the state-of-the-art facility where many physician leaders who had come to know him joined in his first look. He said he was thrilled with the outcome.
Champ was founder of a leading scientific, technical and trade printing company and a major benefactor of the Johns Hopkins University. Vice Chair of the IRMC Foundation Board, and serving on many Foundation committees, Champ’s spirit of caring and doing all you can to make this world a better place has left an indelible imprint on IRMC and all those who had the privilege to know him.