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Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation: Wallace Cancer Center

Cancer care has a new home

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center has always been on the forefront of improving quality of life in our community by offering a remarkable patient experience. There is a new opportunity to transform the healthcare landscape for generations to come. An opportunity that will improve patient care and focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, research, and making it easier for the patient to receive services. Once completed, the Wallace Cancer Center will contain all current cancer services in one convenient location.

Help make a difference

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation has launched a $12 million Capital Campaign, to support the construction of a state-of-the-art cancer center. The center will tackle some of the most difficult and complicated medical challenges today, as well as be prepared to face issues that will confront our region tomorrow. The Wallace Cancer Center will profoundly impact patient quality of life by personalizing patient-centered care, improving accessibility, increasing affordability, enhancing care coordination and providing leading-edge treatment. Donate to the campaign

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Wallace Cancer Center

Impacting patients’ quality of life

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Groundbreaking ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Wallace Cancer Center was held on December 10, 2018. Read more about the groundbreaking ceremony in the Salisbury Post.

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Naming ceremony

The naming ceremony for the Wallace Cancer Center was held on September 19, 2018. Read more about the naming ceremony in the Salisbury Post.

Click above to view more photos from the naming ceremony.

Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte

John Fitzhugh joins Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to support Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Program

John Fitzhugh always has been passionate about helping others and channeling his boundless energy to steer many nonprofits. Along the way John has been touched by countless volunteers and organizations who serve the community. However, no person has inspired John more than his wife, Cassell, a two-time breast cancer survivor. Cassell was diagnosed with cancer following the birth of their fourth child. Her fight with breast cancer, coupled with the fear and anxiety that accompanies a life-threatening diagnosis, inspired John to focus on ensuring every individual has access to quality healthcare.

As part of his powerful story, John joined Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation’s board where he currently serves as Board Chair. His hope is that his three daughters and their generation will not have to face the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. John and his family are incredibly grateful for the wonderful care Cassell received at Novant Health. They realize that not everyone has access to the level of healthcare received, and many have no access at all.

John and his wife explain how important this initiative is to their family.

Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte

John Fitzhugh Dancing with the Stars Charlotte

John and Charlotte Ballet’s Elizabeth Truell.

In Charlotte Ballet’s seventh year of the Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala on March 2, John is dancing to raise funds for Novant Health’s Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Center. This program provides critical mammography screenings and diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured individuals in Charlotte and the thousands of Carolinians with limited access to healthcare.

John’s positive impact to the early detection programs will yield increased breast health literacy and access to timely breast health care, which is directly associated with breast cancer survival rates.

Not only has he made incredible impact as a Board Chair—he has been a phenomenal friend and mentor to all. He brings exuberance and unstoppable energy, which touches everyone he meets.    

Cast your vote below and help John raise funds for this important cause.

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Novant Health’s Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program

Funds raised through Dancing with the Stars will be used to improve access to timely breast healthcare and to reduce breast cancer mortality among low income, under/uninsured, and minority populations in our community. The American Cancer Society states that poverty, education deficiency, and lack of health insurance are associated with lower breast cancer survival rates.

In 2017 Novant Health’s Prevention and Early Detection Program Center provided 650 screening mammograms and 674 diagnostic procedures and diagnosed 26 breast cancers for women who were uninsured in Mecklenburg County. The screenings and subsequent treatment for these patients was completely covered through donations.

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2018 Donor Appreciation & Wilson L. Smith Philanthropic Award Ceremony at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation celebrated the support received from its generous donors during the annual Donor Appreciation Dinner and Recognition Ceremony on May 31. More than 130 guests attended the event held at the Catawba College Peeler Crystal Lounge. The evening also served as a night of remembrance to memorialize fourteen special friends of the foundation who passed away in 2017.

Harold C. Earnhardt posthumously received the Wilson L. Smith Philanthropic Award in honor and memory of his many contributions to Rowan Medical Center Foundation and our community. Harold’s children (Mark Earnhardt, Cristy McKinney and Leslie Heidrick) were there to accept the award in memory of their father.

Gregg Evans received the inaugural Tippie H. Miller Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of his many dedicated hours of service to Rowan Medical Center. Tippie’s children, Bobby Miller and Sharon Earnhardt, along with grandson Chase Earnhardt, were in attendance to present the award on behalf and in memory of their mother.

Through the support of our donors, Rowan Medical Center Foundation is able to accelerate the mission of Novant Health. We are grateful for their unwavering support of our healthcare system and community.


Women’s Council: Mobile mammography campaign

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re embarking on one of our biggest initiatives yet: helping more women take charge of their breast health.

A mammogram can mean the difference between life and death, but this basic healthcare service is beyond the reach of many women in our community. Mobile mammography can change this.

Our existing mobile mammogram unit is empowering thousands of women annually to take charge of their breast health. But, it’s not enough. A second mammogram bus will allow Novant Health to reach more women. With a new bus, we can facilitate early detection and prevention, and save more lives.

Here’s what it will take:


$350,000 | a new bus

Our new bus will travel to underserved areas in counties west of Forsyth and will allow us to reach more women and save more lives. A mobile unit can serve 35-40 women per day.




$450,000 | 3D equipment

The most advanced technology on the market, 3D mammography produces fewer false positives and more instances of early detection than 2D. Patients diagnosed by 3D technology have a 99% chance of being cancer free after 5 years.


$800,000 total


By the numbers:


How can you help? 

  • Host your own fundraising event – a wine tasting, brunch or cook out – and donate the proceeds
  • Gather friends and decorate bras to raise awareness for the project. Ask everyone to vote by giving $10 toward the most creative bra, and donate the proceeds
  • Start a social media fundraising campaign. Friends can make a donation at
  • Give up your weekly latte and donate to save a life
  • Teach your kids the value of philanthropy! Host a lemonade stand and donate the profits


The mission of the Women’s Council is to improve the health of women in the community. Learn more about the Women’s Council here.

Together, we can save lives. Donate today.

For more information, contact Heather Egan at or 336-718-2021

Campbell Golf Classic raises $145,000 to benefit Cancer Care Center

On May 4, the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation hosted the 20th annual John Campbell Memorial Golf Classic at the Country Club of Salisbury. Sponsors and players helped raise $145,000 for the Hope. Healing. Healthcare. campaign to benefit the Cancer Care Center at Rowan Medical Center.

The golf classic saw record participation with over 250 golfers on the course. Over the past 20 years, this event has given back more than $1.9 million to support services at Rowan Medical Center.

We are grateful to our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for making this event a huge success.


2018 Sponsors:

2018 Awards:

If you’d like to give a gift today towards the Hope. Healing. Healthcare campaign, click the button below.

The 2018 Donor Appreciation and Recognition Dinner at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation

Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation recognized our generous donors and their support during the 2018 Donor Appreciation and Recognition Dinner on March 22. Guests enjoyed a sit down dinner at Twelve West Main followed by a medical center update from Thomasville Medical Center president Jon D. Applebaum. The evening also served as a night of remembrance to memorialize a special friend of the foundation, Jane Burt Williams, who passed away in 2017.

Berta and Milton Riley received the Inaugural Philanthropic Award in honor of their many contributions to the foundation and community. Their loyal and steadfast support throughout the years has continued to advance healthcare for generations to come in Davidson County.

Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex donate $1.2 million to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation

Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex donate $1.2 million to fund an emergency pediatric department and integrative medicine oncology clinic

Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, and his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex, have made a $1.2 million gift to fund two health initiatives close to their hearts. The first will establish the Martin Truex Junior Foundation Pediatric Emergency Department at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. This will be the first pediatric emergency department for the Lake Norman area, one of the nation’s fastest growing markets.

The second part of the gift will establish the SherryStrong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2014, Pollex suffered a recurrence in 2017 that required surgery to remove her spleen. In February, she completed her final round of chemotherapy. Throughout her treatment, she used the best of conventional medical care with carefully selected complementary, integrative therapies to help optimize her health. It is her hope that the new clinic will enable others to do the same.

Pollex and Truex said their contributions to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation will provide healthy and positive outcomes for adults and children living with cancer complications.


Volunteers raise over $18K in 2017

An investment inremarkable healthcare

Investments are intended to lead to positive results. As defined by the dictionary, when we invest our money, time and energy in a particular charity or organization, it’s natural to expect a worthwhile result – a result intended to promote goodness.

Last year, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center experienced outstanding results in healthcare, and we owe our heartfelt thanks to nearly 250 volunteers, including junior volunteers, home volunteers and chaplains who shared their time, money and talents. Their contributions were responsible for so many positive healthcare experiences, raising over $18,000 in 2017.

Our staff and volunteers are an “inclusive team of purpose-driven people inspired and united by our passion to care for each other, our patients and our community.” Their giving is indeed a testimony to Novant Health’s people credo and philosophy.

Because of a volunteer, a worried parent may have worried less. Because of a volunteer, a grieving visitor experienced compassion and care when receiving heartbreaking news. Because of a volunteer, a treasured veteran may have received flowers or a handmade card during his or her hospital stay. Because of a volunteer, a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer may have received a comfort bag and book of encouragement. Because of a volunteer, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is a remarkable place for your healthcare!

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation volunteers 2017


Whether you’re retired, semi-retired, work part-time with extra hours on your hands or simply have a passion for healthcare, Brunswick Medical Center has a place for your gift of self, time and interests.

Can you quilt or knit? Are you crafty? Our volunteers knit baby blankets, lap blankets, baby caps and booties. They lovingly create prayer squares and prayer shawls for cancer patients. With the whip of a sewing needle and thread, teddy bears and stuffed animals come to life for our children receiving care in Brunswick County. Volunteers greet anxious patients at the emergency lobby desk with a calming voice and spirit. Another volunteer at the annual Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach mans the soda and water tent, while others educate the community on the services offered at Brunswick Medical Center.

For more information on joining our remarkable team of volunteers, click the ‘volunteer’ button below, or call 910-721-1487.

The Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam Scholarship Fund at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

If Novant Health nursing administrator Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam could sit down and write a letter to the young Cindy who just starting out nearly 40 years ago, it would be quick and to the point:

  • Follow your heart and give it your all.
  • Always keep the patient at the center of everything you do.
  • Commit to lifelong learning.

Those who’ve worked side-by-side over the years with Jarrett-Pulliam, chief nursing officer for Novant Health in the greater Winston-Salem market, say she’s relentlessly walked the talk for the profession she’s dedicated her life to serving.

And as health care celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12, Novant Health is announcing the Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam Scholarship Fund at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation to provide financial assistance to greater Winston-Salem market nurses who are pursuing further education to receive a baccalaureate, master’s, doctorate of nursing or philosophy doctorate of nursing degree.

“The scholarship means so much to me,” said Jarrett-Pulliam, who is well-known among the nursing staff for regularly suggesting they advance their education. “Things are changing all the time in health care and it’s easy to become obsolete very, very quickly.”

Described by her peers as one of the most compassionate, authentic and ethical people they know, Jarrett-Pulliam was also recently named one of the 2018 Outstanding Women in Business by the Triad Business Journal.


Just call her ‘CJP’

The hyphenated last name that came when she married often leads to the much shorter handle of CJP along the teeming halls of Forsyth Medical Center. But for the record, her full name is Kimberly Lucinda Jarrett-Pulliam.

When she joined Novant Health in 2013, Jarrett-Pulliam made a name for herself almost overnight by forever emphasizing the importance of “accountability and consistency” among the nursing staff.

Those weren’t merely buzzwords meant for dressing up PowerPoint presentations, said Denise Mihal, executive vice president and chief nursing and clinical operations officer for Novant Health. But rather, the catalyst that fueled Jarrett-Pulliam’s decision-making.

For instance, she’ll go straight to patients’ rooms to get their perspective if it’s needed on a particular issue, when some administrators might leave that to others. At the same, she’s careful to get input from everyone on the care team before forming conclusions.

“If she has a question, she will stalk you,” Mihal said with a smile. “But she’s not out there looking for someone to blame, she’s looking to see what happened so that it doesn’t happen again.” On that point, Mihal said she would add “fairness” to Jarrett-Pulliam’s mantra of consistency and accountability.

Jarrett-Pulliam is also known for pushing her nurse managers to move the bottom 10 percent of performers off their unit, said Janet Bright, who works for Jarrett-Pulliam as chief nursing officer at Forsyth Medical Center.

To outsiders, it might sound harsh, but Bright said she came to understand it was best for everyone. “The under-performers leave issues for others to clean up. When they are gone, the high performers end up staying because they’re happier and the problems take care of themselves,” Bright said.

As Jarrett-Pulliam said, “There’s nothing wrong with pointing out to someone else that they’re in the wrong job.” And, she notes, it doesn’t mean they’re a bad nurse. Often, she said, the solution is finding a unit that better fits their work style. Regardless, she said: “Patient care gets better.”


Remembering the day

Last July, Jarrett-Pulliam had a mild cough that she couldn’t shake, and went to see the doctor.

Her boss, Mihal, will always remember the date: July 18, 2017. Jarrett-Pulliam was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer that had spread to her bones, lungs and lymph nodes. It was inoperable. She had one year to live.

There are moments, Jarrett-Pulliam said, when the news still sneaks up and stuns her all over again. “It was such a shocker, because I’d always worked 16 to 18 hours a day for 40 years,” with no health issues whatsoever, she said. When she walked into one of her first chemo treatments she spied a patient with a “Cancer Sucks” T-shirt and thought to herself: That’s a bit much.

She gets it now, she said, and jokes that she may just pick one up.

Forever preaching the importance of transparency in nursing, she may have taken things too far when she broke the news to devastated colleagues. “She’d walk into the start of a meeting and announce she had a year to live,” Mihal recalled. “We’d practically be picking people up off the floor.” Not a lot would get done those days.

“I was so upfront people thought I was in denial,” Jarrett-Pulliam said. But looking back now at how she handled things at first, “I had a real lack of sensitivity. And I guess, frankly, I was surprised that so many people” and she choked up a bit here, “that so many people would care that I was sick.”

Pulliam stopped working in March when her old pace was now too much for her. “I was just getting started at Novant Health. It just made me sick … I had so much I wanted to do,” she said.  “I’m supposed to be working … It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Friends and family explained she had a new job: putting herself first, for once.

“And so, what’s the takeaway?” Jarrett-Pulliam asked. “We only have today. Make the most of it because that may be all you’re going to get.”


‘Heaven on Earth’

At 9:59 p.m. on April 19, there was news to celebrate: Palmer Bailey Pulliam came into the world at 9 lbs. 6 oz. and 20.5 inches long. Jarrett-Pulliam had a grandchild. “She’s heaven on Earth,” she said. “We’re proud of her already.”  She visits nearly every day. Each one is a gift.

Jarrett-Pulliam said she will always be grateful for the care she received from her oncologist, Dr. Franklin Chen, and the entire team. She said she has received the remarkable care that Novant Health tries to deliver. “There were many people who did not know who I was, who took such good care of me.”

For instance, she’s spent a lifetime of driving home the importance of compassionate care with thousands of nurses she’s worked with. Just touching a patient on the arm can make a huge difference in how patients feel about their care, research has shown. “I have now experienced that myself,” she said.

As she surveys her career and time at Novant Health, Jarrett-Pulliam said she is grateful for all the support of her colleagues, especially Mihal. “She’s an incredible leader and I’m so honored to be on her team.”

And, Jarrett-Pulliam added, “I think I can say that I left more than I took.” She is leaving nursing care in good hands, thanks to strong recruiting and hiring.

“I’m so pleased with the new wave of nurses we have coming in, they’re so bright and excited,” she said. “I’ve never seen a group of nurses so excited about joining the hospital in such large numbers.”

And her thoughts go back to that granddaughter, and she allows herself the guilty pleasure of suggesting a possible profession.

You can guess what that might be.


To donate to the Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam Scholarship Fund, click here. Under gift designations, click “Choose an Area of Support” and select “Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam Scholarship Fund” on the popup menu. Mail checks to the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, 1701 South Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Please note donation is for the Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is available to Novant Health nurses in the greater Winston-Salem market. Nurses will receive information about application details. 

A long-standing connection

The Weisiger family’s relationship with Novant Health spans 75 years and counting

Edward I. and Agnes B. Weisiger Cancer Institute Rendering

The Weisiger family’s story at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center started with the birth of Agnes Binder Weisiger in 1941 and has spanned two generations. The family legacy will now live on for many decades as one of our newest buildings will now carry the Weisiger name.

The family recently announced a gift toward the development of the Edward I. and Agnes B. Weisiger Cancer Institute, an outpatient facility currently under construction. The Cancer Institute will be co-located with the John M. and Claudia W. Belk Heart and Vascular Institute.

Heart disease and cancer are the No. 1 and No. 2 killers in the country. The Weisiger family immediately connected with both the new heart and vascular center as well as the cancer outpatient facility for personal reasons. Agnes is a breast cancer survivor, and her husband, Ed Sr., had atrial fibrillation, a common but serious abnormal heart rhythm.

Diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in the summer of 2011, Agnes received her care at Presbyterian Medical Center. In honor of her cancer battle and in celebration of the remarkable treatment received while a patient at Novant Health, Agnes along with Ed Sr. sponsored the community’s first two mobile mammography units. To further their support, they will fund an overhaul of the breast center located adjacent to the hospital.

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is indebted to the Weisiger family, starting from the day Agnes was born here to her tenure of selfless work as a nurse practitioner, and now her family’s remarkable support of the Cancer Institute.