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Senator Carper Tours the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare

Senator Tom Carper visited Beebe Healthcare’s Medical Center in Lewes and toured the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, which is under construction.

Carper met with Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare, and Greg Tylecki, Chief Engineer and Construction Coordinator for Beebe. During his visit, Sen. Carper also met with Paul Pernice, Chief Financial Officer; Sharon Kesterson, Patient Financial Services Director; and Lisa Reilly, Health Information Management Director to discuss some of the important regulatory issues in Washington, D.C. that are affecting hospitals and healthcare systems.

The School of Nursing building is expected to open in the summer of 2015. It will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and technology, including simulation labs. The school is located directly behind the Medical Center in Lewes. Parts of the existing building date back to 1960, but the School was originally founded in 1921.

“The communities that we serve are growing and the people who move here are aging like the rest of us. We want to be ready to serve everyone,” Mr. Fried said. “This expansion, as well as the other projects now taking place, will allow us to continue to bring needed services and facilities to our communities.”

The construction of this new facility will help address the local shortage of nurses. The School of Nursing is the only two-year nursing diploma in Delaware and the only program located at a hospital in the state. 

“The goal of the project is to eventually double the number of new nurses graduating from the School of Nursing,” Mr. Fried said. “Over time the class size will grow and eventually 60 new nurses will graduate each year and take the licensure exam. We will be educating more nurses not only for Beebe Healthcare but for all of Sussex County and the entire state of Delaware. Many of these nurses will go on to become certified as Nurse Practitioners and will help to alleviate the significant shortage of primary care physicians in our community.”

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