CHAPTER 446

STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Group Hospital Service, Incorporated, of Delaware, known as Blue Cross, is celebrating the completion of 15 years of furnishing prepaid hospital and surgical benefits to over 182,000 of the citizens of this State; and

WHEREAS, Group Hospital Service, Incorporated, has enrolled 54% of the state population, the highest percentage of all the states, in the Surgical Plan; and 57% of the state population in the Hospital Plan, making it second of the states; and

WHEREAS, Group Hospital Service, Incorporated, has made it possible for practically all of our citizens to purchase Blue Cross and surgical care at a minimum of cost; and

WHEREAS, Group Hospital Service, Incorporated, has paid out the total sum of $10,737,384 on behalf of its members for hospital and surgical care to the hospitals and doctors of this State during that time; and

WHEREAS, Group Hospital Service, Incorporated, has by its services helped to raise the health standards of our State;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carve', Governor of the State of Delaware, in recognition of these achievements in the field of voluntary prepaid hospital and surgical coverage, do hereby designate the week of November 12 to November 18, 1950, as

BLUE CROSS WEEK in the State of Delaware.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Twenty-seventh day of October, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-fifth.

(GREAT SEAL)

By the Governor:

ELBERT N. CARVEL

HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.