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Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center Graduates Class of 2013

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center recently celebrated the graduation of 19 graduates, the Class of 2013, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Ralph Williams, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist with Beebe Medical Center and one of Beebe’s first male graduates, was the honored commencement speaker.

Danielle Legates, President of the Class of 2014, presented congratulations to the graduates.

Jay Wingate, President of the Class of 2013, shared class reflections and special awards for each of his classmates.

The Honorable William Swain Lee, Chair of Beebe Medical Center’s Board of Directors, presented the Board of Directors Award for the highest academic achievement to Eric Lehr.

The Beebe Medical Center Medical Staff sponsored the Salutatorian award for the second-highest academic achievement, which was presented by Alberto Rosa, MD, to Andrew Hudson.

The Alumni Award, given for Medical-Surgical Clinical Excellence in District Nursing, was presented to Alexa Baich. The Patient Care Director’s Leadership Award was presented to Kyle Perry.

The Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary presented its award honoring the graduate who excelled academically, clinically and in community involvement to Eric Lehr. Alexa Baich received the Maternal Child Award, given by Eleanor Cordrey in memory of her sister Virginia Cottingham to the graduate demonstrating an interest in maternal-child nursing. Andrew Hudson received the Dr. David Howard Memorial Award. The Bayside Health Association Award honoring the memory and characteristics of Alison Trout was presented to Tré Zuniga. Amy Cosgrove was honored with the Faculty Award recognizing the attributes of diploma education. Melissa Werner received the Pat Smith Leadership Award, which honors the memory and attributes of our colleague, leader, and friend.

Cancer in Common of Rehoboth honored Mariya Zimenkova with its award recognizing the graduate with an interest in cancer. Jessinae Masanque was the recipient of the Delaware Hospice award honoring an exemplary graduate exhibiting a compassionate philosophy in all aspects of care. The Lily Campbell Award recognizing the graduate who demonstrated an interest in and attributes of mental health nursing was presented to Jay Wingate. Julie Short was honored for her perfect attendance.

Beebe Medical Center Chaplain Keith Goheen, Jr. presented the Invocation and Benediction. Connie E. Bushey, MSN, MEd, RN, Director of the School of Nursing, along with Class Advisors Nancy Bastholm, MSN, RN and Karen Pickard, MSN, RN, CNE presented the graduates with their School Pin. Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Center, presented the diplomas.

Members of the Class of 2013 are: Alexa Baich, Amy Cosgrove, Breann Davidson, Jamie Engle, Christopher Helminiak, Andrew Hudson, Ashley Ward Istenes, Danielle Kell, Eric Lehr, Briana Lewis, Jessinae Masanque, Kyle Perry, Jessica Rogers, Julie Short, Melissa Werner, Amy Willey, Jay Wingate, Mariya Zimenkova, and Tré Zuniga.

Reception and fellowship was shared following the graduation in the Epworth Church Fellowship Hall.

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, at Beebe Medical Center, is the only hospital-based nursing program in Delaware, and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The diploma in Professional Nursing is awarded at the completion of the curriculum, qualifying graduates to be eligible for National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX examination, leading to licensure. Beebe graduates have one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the state and can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Wilmington University and University of Delaware through well-defined articulation agreements.

Caption Back row (left to right): Karen Pickard, Class Advisor, Tré Zuniga, Jay Wingate, Danielle Kell, Andrew Hudson, Kyle Perry, Eric Lehr, Christopher Helminiak; Second row (left to right): Amy Willey, Ashley Istenes, Amy Cosgrove, Briana Lewis, Jessinae Masanque, Julie Short; Front row (L to R) Ralph Williams, commencement speaker, Melissa Werner, Breann Davidson, Jamie Engle, Alexa Baich, Jessica Rogers, Nancy Bastholm Class Advisor and Connie Bushey, Director.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care. For more information, please visit us online at