VIA Presents Beebe Healthcare Nurse with Scholarship

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The Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (VIA) recently presented a $5,000 scholarship award to Melissa Woody, BSN, RN.

Woody is a Delaware native, growing up in Roxana, attending Indian River High School and graduating from the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in 2020.

She was employed by Beebe immediately after graduation. Her experience includes stepdown, cardiac cath lab holding, and the progressive care unit. Woody is currently enrolled at the University of Delaware, pursuing her MSN-MFP (Family Nurse Practitioner).

“Beebe Healthcare has played a pivotal role in my life through education and experience,” Woody said. “I am just a year and a half away from becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a person who grew up in Sussex County, I know how special the community here is. Thank you to the VIA for acknowledging the potential in Sussex County and supporting me and other nurses to become the very best we can be.

“Thank you for recognizing the tremendous need for new healthcare providers to meet the needs of the growing community. I am beyond grateful to have been selected as the recipient of this generous scholarship.”

Established in 1909, the VIA’s vision has been to shape the future by providing caring volunteers, through charitable contributions, as well as ensuring positive impact for people and organizations in need in the Rehoboth Beach and Cape Henlopen area.

The VIA created these annual Advanced Nursing Awards in 2016 to support registered nurses at Beebe Healthcare who are working to enhance their clinical knowledge and expertise. Through graduate education these nurses become prepared to share and educate other nurses as well as their patients. These nurses also use their advanced practice and leadership in clinical settings, and in nursing research.

“The VIA’s commitment to assist Sussex County registered nurses employed at Beebe Healthcare in their pursuit of advanced nursing degrees not only supports an individual nurse, but it improves the quality of care in our community”, said Rose Marie Patin, MSN, RN, and VIA Chairman of Advanced Nursing Scholarship Committee.

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