Beebe nearing nursing school fund-raising goal

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Beebe Medical Foundation has less than $785,000 left to raise to meet its fundraising goal of $8 million for the Nursing Education Campaign. The campaign is raising funds to expand the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center.

The school is housed in an antiquated building with space to enroll a maximum of 30 students each year. The expanded school will allow the number of enrolled students to double to 60, and it will allow the latest in educational technologies such as patient simulators.

Construction plans include demolishing an existing 48-year-old, two-story dormitory building and replacing it with a three-story, 18,000-square-foot-building that will house modern classrooms and clinical laboratories. The main school building and its faculty offices and library will be renovated. Seminar rooms will be added and the library will be renovated and updated. The latest in educational technologies, such as human patient simulators programmed to express vital signs and responses to interventions and treatments, will be installed. Construction is expected to start later this year.

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The Nursing Education Campaign, chaired by Foundation Board Member Alex Pires is still accepting contributions to complete the $8 million goal.

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center is the only hospital-based nursing program in Delaware.

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