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Beebe Healthcare Nurse Jill Petrone is Recipient of 2019 VIA Nursing Advancement Scholarship


Jill Petrone receives nursing scholarship from VIA.

Jill Petrone, BSN, RN, CCRN, TNCC, is the 2019 recipient of the Village Improvement Association (VIA) Nursing Advancement Scholarship.

Petrone was selected by the VIA to receive the scholarship to pursue additional education. She is currently a student at Drexel University in addition to working full time in Beebe’s Intensive Care Unit. Petrone is a 2014 Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing graduate, who went on to complete her bachelors of science in nursing at Wilmington University in 2016.

She has competed both certifications for Critical Care Registered Nurse and Trauma Nursing Core Course certified. With the help of this scholarship, Petrone will finish her master of science in nursing with a focus on Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

“Love for learning and personal growth is paramount in nursing; that is one of the reasons I love my career so much,” Petrone said. “Embracing new things and being committed to learning something new each day allows me to provide better care to my patients and that is the ultimate goal and reward.”

“Jill is one of the most compassionate nurses I know,” said Danielle LeGates, MSN, RN, Nurses Celebrating Nurses chair. “From nursing school to her career in the ICU, I have seen the motivation Jill has put forth to continuing her education as well as encouraging others to continue their education, get certified, and never stop learning. She is an inspiration to all and is a very deserving recipient of this scholarship.”

The Nurses Celebrating Nurses committee assists the VIA with blinding and vetting all applications for this scholarship. It is the committee’s mission to empower and celebrate excellence in nursing by recognizing those whose contributions are exemplary.

The VIA created the annual scholarship in 2016 to support registered nurses at Beebe Healthcare who are working to advance their clinical knowledge and expertise. The scholarship is awarded annually to a nurse pursuing professional advancement with a commitment to the community and who possesses leadership qualities. This is the fourth year the scholarship has been awarded.

The VIA, established in 1909, has a vision to improve and increase the intellectual culture, educational advancement and continued moral development of its members by promoting the interest, improvement and progress of Rehoboth Beach and by performing charitable and civic work in the greater Rehoboth Beach area.

Nurses at Beebe Healthcare gain continual clinical education opportunities onsite through the organization’s Educational Institute (BHEI). Beebe provides tuition reimbursement each year for education directly related to the clinical professional’s work, though the reimbursement does not cover the entire cost of education. Beebe also recognizes six nurses each year who provide high quality care through its Nursing Excellence Award program.

Photo Caption: The VIA presented Beebe nurse Jill Petrone, BSN, RN, CCRN, TNCC, with the fourth annual $5,000 scholarship award for registered nurses pursuing advanced education.

Shown in front (left to right) are Danielle LeGates, MSN, RN; Jill Petrone, BSN, RN; and Carole Suchanek, VIA President

In the second row are Mary Ellen Kenney, VIA; Judy Aliquo, President & CEO, Beebe Medical Foundation; Rose Marie Patin, VIA

In the third row are Dolores Bottinelli, VIA and Sarah Johnson, VIA

In the back row are Diane Barlow, Gift Officer, Beebe Medical Foundation and Mary J. Sparks, VIA.


Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Healthcare. The Foundation is located at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958. To learn more about how you can give, please contact the Beebe Medical Foundation at (302) 644-2900 or visit us online at