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Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation receives $75,000 grant from Colon Cancer Coalition

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Colon Cancer Coalition with funds raised through the 2017 Get Your Rear in Gear® event held in Charlotte during March, which is colon cancer awareness month. The funding will be used for colonoscopy screenings, patient living expenses, and colon cancer rehabilitation and wellness services for Novant Health uninsured or underinsured colorectal cancer patients.

Since 2011, Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation has been a primary beneficiary of funds raised during Charlotte’s annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K event, as directed by the local volunteer Get Your Rear in Gear planning board. Over the past five years, Colon Cancer Coalition funding, supported by Charlotte-area fundraising efforts, provided vital services for more than 2,400 colorectal cancer patients in Mecklenburg County.

“Colon Cancer Coalition funding has made a significant difference in the lives of our patients,” says Marcia Lampert, manager of cancer support services at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center. “Many patients are affected by the financial stress that cancer brings, and alleviating this stress by paying for a cancer screening or a utility bill enables them to focus on recovery. We are fortunate to offer this type of assistance to our patients through this grant.”

For more information on obtaining grant-funded services, contact the Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center at 704-384-5223 or Novant Health cancer prevention, education and early detection at 704-384-5376.

Registration is open for the 2018 Get Your Rear in Gear – Charlotte event on Saturday, March 3, 2018. For more information or to register visit

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About Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation

The philanthropic efforts of Novant Health’s foundations inspire giving that supports programs and initiatives having direct patient impact. Novant Health’s network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 26,000 team members who provide care at over 470 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system cares for more than 4.4 million patients annually in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Our regional foundations focus on critical needs in five areas: infants and childrencancerheart and vascularstroke and neurosciences and research and education.

Through the generous support of individuals, families, companies and grant-making institutions, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation supports Novant Health in its mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

 About the Colon Cancer Coalition

The Colon Cancer Coalition is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colorectal cancer. The organization’s signature Get Your Rear in Gear® and Tour de Tush® events are volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. Since 2004, over $5 million has been granted by the Colon Cancer Coalition to build and sustain programs that promote early prevention, screening, and patient support services for this disease. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, Colon Cancer Coalition members believe they can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer. For more information visit

Cowgirls with a Cause raise more than $25,000 for mammograms

Recognizing the importance of mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, Roy and Shirley Burgess founded Cowgirls with a Cause in 2005 in memory of Roy’s late wife, Deborah. Since its founding, the cowgirls have received tremendous support from sponsors in the western lifestyle industry, corporations and individuals who have been touched by breast cancer.

This year’s Cowgirls with a Cause was held November 17 – 19 and raised $20,050 for the Debby Burgess breast cancer fund at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation. The annual rodeo event has raised more than $235,000 to pay for mammograms and cancer treatments for women who cannot afford them.

The Forsyth Medical Center Foundation is working to improve access to lifesaving screenings through the purchase of an additional mobile mammogram unit with 3-D technology to support underserved women in greater Winston-Salem.

You can make a difference and support breast health in the greater Winston-Salem market. Click here to make a gift today.

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation awarded $500 grant

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation was awarded a $500 grant from International Paper Foundation for its Baby Bookworm project. The foundation’s goal is to put a new book in the hands of every newborn baby born at Brunswick Medical Center. Close to 600 babies are born at Brunswick Medical Center each year.

Brunswick county deals with a 40 percent illiteracy rate with 49 percent of its school age children meeting criteria for free lunch and 61 percent meeting the criteria for free or reduced lunch. In addition to providing a book to all newborns, the foundation will also provide parents information on literacy education, adult literacy services and GED training.

Reading to children is important in their development and ultimate success. Learning to read is the most important work of students in elementary school. Through the Baby Bookworm project, we hope to arm families with resources to improve literacy in our community. Help Brunswick Medical Center Foundation continue to support it patients, click here to donate today.



About International Paper:

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. It creates packaging products that protect and promote goods, enable worldwide commerce and keep consumers safe; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability for the on-the-go consumer.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, International Paper employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers around the globe.

Rowan-Salisbury high schools come together for the community

SALISBURY, N.C. Nov. 15, 2017 ― Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation partnered with Rowan-Salisbury area high schools to host the second annual King of the Court, a junior and senior all-male volleyball fundraiser. Together, the six area high schools raised over $5,500. All proceeds will be donated to the hospital foundation in support of its breast health fund which covers the cost of mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women who are uninsured or underinsured.

“As an East Rowan alumna and native of Rowan County, I love seeing this type of partnership with the hospital and our school district,” said Kristen Trexler, development manager of Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “We are two large organizations within the community that can do so many great things together!”

The King of the Court fundraiser occurs annually in October in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. Each high school picks a junior and senior team of six to eight players who compete at a championship tournament. The 2017 tournament took place Nov. 8 at West Rowan High School. Winners this year are the South Rowan junior team and the South Rowan senior team. Players on these two teams will receive a Go Burrito party sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation and will also be recognized at an upcoming hospital foundation board meeting.

The high schools also hosted additional fundraisers throughout the month of October such as “Paint the Schools Pink,” where students sold pink ribbons. The school that raised the most money receives a “Bragging Rights” trophy. The 2017 Bragging Rights trophy went to East Rowan High School for raising $3,300.


To donate to the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation, click here.

Inaugural Harvesting Hope raises more than $20,000

Our Inaugural Harvesting Hope on November 4th at Patterson Farm raised more than $20,000. This event was held in honor and memory of Ralph W. Ketner and was hosted by his children, Robert and Linda. All proceeds benefit Novant Health Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care. Guests enjoyed a day of family fun on the farm with featured entertainer Darrell Harwood, sponsored by Powles Staton Funeral Home and Carolina Cremation.


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:  Robert and Linda Ketner

Entertainment Sponsor:  Powles Staton Funeral Home and Carolina Cremation


Harvest Sponsors:

Deano’s Barbecue

Rick & Janet Parker


Planter Sponsors:

Summersett Funeral Home & Cremation Center

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Lutheran Services Carolinas and Trinity Oaks


Crop Sponsors:

Deborah Martin

Dr. Chet Amin

Air One Industries, Inc.

Godley’s Garden Center & Nursery


Seedling Sponsors:

Fine Frame Gallery

Laurels of Salisbury

Tommie & Susan Waller

Kellye Reed


Thank you to the volunteers that made this day a success! If you would like to help support the foundation or donate to Novant Health Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, click here.

Ron L. Willard Chapel at Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center

Clemmons, NC —  Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center celebrated the new Ron L. Willard Chapel with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 14, 2017. Ron L. Willard made a generous donation to name the chapel at Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center. Ron has been a member of the board of Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center Foundation since its inception. Former mayor of Clemmons, Ron is a fixture in the community. Retired from Reynolds American, Ron was a strong advocate for bringing a medical center to Clemmons.



Novant Health UVA Health System foundation hosts Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Gainesville,VA– Seventy-two golfers including 16 professionals and 56 amateurs played in the Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation’s pro-am golf tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas in Gainesville, Virginia.

Proceeds from the pro-am benefit the Novant Health UVA Health System Cancer Center to ensure that the community is able to access world-class clinicians, care and technology. The Cancer Center has been serving Prince William and Fauquier counties since 2007 and has grown from serving 15 patients per day to 40 patients per day.

Congratulations to the foundation’s board chair, Mike Pybus with Team BB&T for winning first place!


You can still help support the Cancer Center. Click here to make your donation today.


Event Sponsors:

Title Sponsor

Brasfield & Gorrie, General Contractors

Superior Paving Corporation

Leaderboard Sponsors


Gresham, Smith and Partners

SteelFab, Inc.

Sentinel Sponsors

Brown & Brown Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc.

The Christman Company

Dominion Mechanical

Heritage Charity Classic, Inc.

Manassas Anesthesiology Associates

McLean Mortgage Corporation


Scott-Long Construction, Inc.


William A. Hazel, Inc.

Meals & Contest Sponsors

AExellent Telecommunications

Finley Asphalt & Sealing, Inc.

Smokin Shawn’s BBQ

Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.,

Gift Sponsors

Mahoney’s, Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Premier Turf and Landscaping

RKM Construction Systems, Inc.

WebbMason Marketing



Nova HomeWorks

Timothy Greenhouse

Turner Tenant Services

Event Volunteers

Al Penksa, chair

Gary Huebner

Deneen Clary

Judy Handshy

Dr. Ivan Harangozo

Ed Long

Joe and Margaret Gorzka

Joe Martin

Herb McClary

Bill Sauder

1st annual Jane Burt Williams Memorial Golf Classic

Thomasville, NC– This year the foundation renamed the annual fundraising event to memorialize a dedicated community member. The 1st annual Jane Burt Williams Memorial Golf Classic is named after the devoted, late wife of Dr. David Robert Williams, Sr. Mrs. Williams was a servant leader, known for her humbleness and caring spirit. Her devotion to serving the community through countless hours was simply remarkable.

The Jane Burt Williams Memorial Golf Classic was held on Friday, October 6, at the Colonial Country Club in Thomasville, NC. A 1:00pm shotgun start, was followed by a fun afternoon of great golf, delicious food, and beverages. There was a total of 110 players. Jon Applebaum, President and COO, Thomasville Medical Center was the guest putter for the hole in one contest on #18 green. The overall tournament team winners were Dr. Mark Smith, Marcus Smith, Eric Lance and Jason Gentile. Congrats!

The tournament raised $33,000 which will be used to renovate an existing building on the campus of Thomasville Medical Center. Once completed the Center for Health Education will be dedicated to furthering health education and wellness in Davidson County and the surrounding community.


Please click here for all pictures from the event.


A huge thank you to our wonderful sponsors– we couldn’t have done it without you:

  • Rick & Janet Parker
  • Kristen Trexler
  • Fidelity
  • Allergy & Asthma Center of NC
  • Carolina CAT
  • Wright Global Graphics
  • Thomasville-Archdale Pediatrics PLLC
  • Landmark Builders
  • Kathy Friend
  • Salem Electric Co.
  • Vannoy Construction-Presenting Sponsor
  • KSQ Design
  • Jon Applebaum
  • LabCorp
  • Dr. Wayne & Mrs. Christine Herrick
  • Dr. David Williams, Sr.
  • GINK
  • Advanced Electronic Services
  • Cheerwine
  • Coca Cola
  • Bojangles’
  • Canteen
  • Morgan Ridge Vineyard & Brewhouse
  • New Sarum Brewery
  • East Coast Wings
  • El Patron

Novant Health receives $7 million gift from Michael Jordan

Novant Health and Michael Jordan announced a $7 million gift to open two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte. These comprehensive medical clinics will serve some of the most at-risk and underserved communities in Charlotte and are expected to open in late 2020.

The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics will provide vital access to primary and preventive care to individuals in the community who have little or no health care. By providing an avenue to affordable, high-quality care – including behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning – children and families will have a stable, integrative medical home to address their health care needs right in their neighborhoods.

“I am proud to partner with Novant Health to bring critical health services to underserved areas of Charlotte and the thousands of North Carolinians with limited access to health care,” said Michael Jordan. “Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community. It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”

Community wellness and access to affordable and quality health care are some of the biggest challenges facing our nation. According to census bureau data, more than 100,000 Charlotteans do not have health insurance. Families living in underserved communities face barriers including difficulty accessing preventive and primary and mental health services, as well as a lack of an integrative and comprehensive approach to health care. With the opening of two clinics, Novant Health and Michael Jordan will create access to high-quality health care in areas identified by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force as the most at-risk for generational poverty.

“As a longtime partner, we are thrilled that Michael Jordan continues to support Novant Health and our mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities. We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities.”

Over five years, the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.

The clinics have the potential to decrease emergency room utilization by 68 percent and decrease hospitalization by 37 percent for the residents of these neighborhoods. Resulting benefits from these clinics will include improved patient care, better community wellness, as well as a reduction in the total cost of medical care. Through the opening of these two clinics, Novant Health and Jordan are investing in the health of Charlotte and supporting the ongoing efforts of the larger community to provide access to quality, affordable health care to all Charlotteans.

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Haymarket Medical Center exhibits student art from Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine Prince William County Schools’ Summer Art Enrichment Program

Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center hosted an art exhibit and reception on October 1 for 30 students and their family members recognizing selection of their artwork and their participation in the Prince William County Public Schools’ Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine Summer Art Enrichment Program. The artwork will be on display in the Haymarket Medical Center Community Art Gallery through Jan. 15, 2018. Joining students from grades two through 8 were Prince William County School and Haymarket Medical Center administrators who recognized the student’s artistic achievements.

Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation has partnered with Prince William County Schools’ Fine Arts Department to display the exhibition of student artwork at Haymarket Medical Center in the first of three community art displays to be shared in the hospital’s Community Art Gallery. The program is made possible through a Prince William Medical Center Foundation grant.

Click here to give to the Prince William Medical Center Foundation today.