Lillian S. Wells Foundation Makes $2.5M Donation to Support Broward College Nursing and Health Sciences Programs

November 20, 2015 | News

The Lillian S. Wells Foundation recently donated $2.5 million, to support Broward College’s nursing and health science programs by providing new equipment to allow students and healthcare professionals the equipment to practice surgical simulation.

Nursing“This gift will have an astounding impact on the students, health professionals and healthcare delivery in our community,” said Broward College Central Campus President Mercedes Quiroga. “We’re able to bring the absolute best teaching scenarios to our students thanks to the generosity of the Lillian S. Wells Foundation. On behalf of the college and the students we serve, we offer them our heartfelt thanks.”

A part of the gift – celebrating three generations of the Wells family’s philanthropic support of education and healthcare – will establish the Lillian S. Wells Health Sciences Simulation Endowment, which will provide in perpetuity, funding for maintenance and equipment, ensuring Broward College students will have the best educational technology that simulates the real-life environments and situations experienced daily by healthcare professionals. The remainder of the gift is designated for completion of the Surgical Operating Suite, including operating table upgrades, additional surgical tables, specialized instruments, refurbished anesthesia machine and a sternomy Manikin for heart and lung surgical simulation

Sim-CenterAs demonstrated by its support of Broward College’s Health Sciences Program, The Lillian S. Wells Foundation makes gifts that are transformational in nature and demonstrate extraordinary vision and compassion. The foundation, incorporated in 1975, contributes to the economic, cultural and communal development, growth and future of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County by supporting the arts, education, healthcare and human services.

The Lillian S. Wells Foundation’s generosity to Broward College dates back to 1994 with a significant donation to what would become the George and Virginia Young Memorial Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of a pioneer resident, builder and civic leader. This life-changing scholarship has been awarded to more than 100 Broward College students. The foundation also supported the Lillian S. Wells Fund for Academic Excellence, which funded the Broward College Foundation’s Mini Grant program for several years. This initiative provided grants to college faculty and staff for instructional equipment, learning resource center materials and audiovisual learning materials.

For more information about the Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center, visit For more information about the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, visit


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