Beebe Healthcare announced a $1.1 million gift from the Ma-Ran Foundation to create an endowment for the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing faculty.

The funds will be used to support advanced degrees and professional development.

Judy Aliquo, president and CEO, Beebe Medical Foundation, said that the new Margaret H. Rollins Endowment Fund will be used “solely for the purpose of supporting professional development and continuing professional education of the faculty at the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare. With this gift, the possibilities are endless.”

Faculty can use funds for defraying cost for faculty attendance at professional conferences, covering expenses for the hosting of speakers on the nursing profession and tuition cost of faculty members seeking advanced degrees.

The Rollins family has supported Beebe for more than 30 years. In 2011, Randall and Peggy Rollins donated $3 million through their Ma-Ran Foundation toward the expansion and naming of Beebe Healthcare’s Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, previously the Beebe School of Nursing.

This project, completed in 2015, doubled the capacity of the school, and replaced the 50-year-old dormitory with a new three-story, 18,000-square-foot-building containing new, modern classrooms and state-of-the-art clinical laboratories.

In 2017, the Ma-Ran Foundation donated a $10 million gift.

With that gift, renovations are underway on the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, and will include a more defined main entrance with a new lobby, a scenic corner at the east entrance, and renovation of patient rooms.

The Rollins gift inspired donors to join them in supporting the I Believe in Beebe Campaign to help fund the expansion plans. Other expansion on the Lewes campus includes the construction of a hybrid operating room, an electrophysiology lab and an additional cath lab.

In 2019, Beebe Healthcare’s Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing was named Best RN Program in Delaware by, which analyzes each school’s pass rate for students on the NCLEX-RN exam.

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