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Beebe School of Nursing will benefit from $3 million gift

Monday August 22, 2011
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The Beebe Medical Foundation, Lewes, Del., has received a $3 million gift for the Nursing Education Campaign from the Ma-Ran Foundation. The donation is the largest in the history of Beebe Medical Center, and will allow construction to begin on expanding and modernizing the Beebe School of Nursing.

"Not only is this the largest gift ever received by Beebe Medical Foundation, it is large enough to complete the fundraising for the first phase of the nursing school expansion," Alex Pires, campaign co-chair and board member, said in a news release.

The medical center's board of directors has agreed to recognize the donation by naming the school of nursing in honor of one of the donors, Margaret H. Rollins, a Lewes native who lives in Atlanta.

The school, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, will be known as The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center.

The foundation now will pursue the $2.5 million needed to complete Phase II of the project, as construction of Phase I is scheduled to begin after the 2012 spring semester.

The Ma-Ran Foundation was established by R. Randall Rollins and Margaret H. Rollins.

"My mother has stayed involved in what goes on in Lewes," said the Rollins' daughter, Amy Kreisler. "She has read about the need for nurses, and that Beebe would like to expand the nursing school. She felt that it was a very important project for Lewes, for Sussex County and all of Delaware."

The Beebe School of Nursing is the only hospital-based nursing program in Delaware, and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

"We want to make sure that our graduates are prepared to offer the highest quality care to our patients," said Connie E. Bushey, RN, MSN, MEd, school director. Today, Beebe School of Nursing is housed in a building with space to enroll a maximum of 30 students each year. The expanded school will allow the number of enrolled students to 60, and it will allow the latest in educational technologies to be installed.

Phase I includes demolishing an existing 48-year-old, two-story dormitory and replacing it with a three-story, 18,000-square-foot-building that will house modern classrooms and clinical laboratories.

Phase II includes the renovation of the main school building and its faculty offices and library, and the construction of another building to house seminar rooms and computer labs.


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