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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

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to support obesity collaborative pilot program

AMGA Foundation in partnership with Novo Nordisk Inc., announced Novant Health Medical Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as one of its participants in the Obesity Care Model Collaborative (OCMC), a program dedicated to developing a working framework and success metrics for comprehensive population management for patients with obesity in a multispecialty medical group or integrated health system.

“Obesity is a disease that affects more than one-third of adults in the United States1. The impact is greater than one statistic can indicate, as the medical, psychological, social, and economic burden of the disease is far-reaching,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., president and chief executive officer, AMGA, and president of AMGA Foundation. “We applaud our members that have made a significant commitment to contribute to reducing the burden of the disease through this collaborative. I believe their work will reflect the cutting edge of a systems approach to obesity management.”

Two committees of expert advisors developed the inclusion criteria for selection of AMGA members and are drafting the framework and measures. Novant Health Medical Group was selected based on its ability to contribute to the further development of the framework, test measures, and commitment to implement an obesity program that includes a minimum range of services, either within the group or through referral partnership.

Participating organizations will meet in-person four times and attend monthly educational webinars to share insights and challenges and to refine the framework and measures based on the data and their experiences. The groups participated in their first in-person meeting held in New Orleans, LA, on December 6-8, 2017.

After an 11-month development period, Novant Health Medical Group will have 6 months for program design and implementation and 12 months for program operation, during which interventions and patient outcomes will be tracked. AMGA will make site visits to assist groups with adapting and implementing the framework and to help with translating emergent best practices across groups. Following 12 months of operation, AMGA will spend 6 months in data analysis and publication development.

“Novo Nordisk is proud to support the AMGA Foundation in the development of the Obesity Care Model Collaborative, as it is essential for the primary care community to come together to help improve care for the disease of obesity in the United States,” said Todd Hobbs, vice president and U.S. chief medical officer of Novo Nordisk. “We encourage any effort to help outline practical steps to treat people living with obesity and establish meaningful quality measures across the entire spectrum of obesity management.”


About AMGA Foundation
AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s philanthropic arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector, and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice. Learn more at

About AMGA
AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of medical groups’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans. Learn more

About Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people with other serious chronic conditions: hemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. With U.S. headquarters in Plainsboro, N.J., Novo Nordisk Inc. has nearly 5,000 employees in the United States. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @novonordiskus.


  1. CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief. Available at gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db219.pdf.

Caring for our most fragile patients

Lane with NICU nurses Haley Floyd (left) and Cathy Feaster.

At 29 weeks, Jennifer Lambert of High Point gave birth to her son, Lane. Eleven weeks early, Lane weighed just 2 pounds, 7 ounces. He spent 62 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

“There were times when I wondered if I would have 10 more minutes or two more days with him,” recalls Jenn. “The entire NICU staff was amazing. They loved Lane as much as we loved him.”

When Jenn and her husband Justin were not visiting Lane in the NICU, they were home with their 3-year-old daughter, where they could watch Lane on their iPad. “The NICU cameras helped connect us to a piece of our heart that was missing when we couldn’t be with him. The NICU cameras were instrumental for our journey.”

Generous support from donors like you provides leading-edge technology in our NICU. Since 2015, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation has funded crib cameras; cardiorespiratory monitors to provide rapid and reliable heart rates during critical moments after the baby is born; and $390,000 for “giraffe beds” – an incubator and warmer for our tiniest patients, like Lane. Thank you.


Making patients’ experiences remarkable

As we celebrate National Healthcare Week (which is the name for National Hospital Week here at Novant Health), here are a few stories we are honored to share that illustrate our team members’ compassion and commitment to teamwork and personal excellence:

  • Mom Heather Haaland reached out to tell us about a connection she felt with an emergency department nurse at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. While at home one night, one of her sons, 2-year-old Brooks, lost his balance and hit his head on a side table. Heather rushed him to the emergency room, where registered nurse Bobby Thames – also a mom who raised a son, now grown – reassured Heather that mishaps will happen. Bobby’s kind words made Heather feel at ease, and not judged.

“She was super sweet,” Heather said about Bobby. “When your kid gets hurt or upset or sad, you feel like you failed as a mom. It was comforting to hear from her.”


  • A team at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center showed a commitment to patients that extends all the way to the parking lot. A patient called to share how he was so ill he couldn’t get out of the car. Someone came and carried him from the vehicle. Once inside, the man said the remarkable level of care continued. The demonstration of teamwork and compassion was especially important to this patient, who works in the region during the week and doesn’t have family members nearby to help.

  • Novant Health Sleep Medicine and Sleep Center locations in the greater Charlotte market hosted a birthday party for kids at Safe Alliance shelter, a shelter for women and families who are victims of domestic violence. Team members donated to provide treat bags, crafts, cookies, cupcakes and more.


  • Certified nursing assistant Darlene Jackson has worked at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center since 1980. She describes her job this way: I am whatever you need me to be.I’m your help to the bathroom. If you are having a hard day, I’m your shoulder to lean or cry on. A wife of a patient sent Darlene roses because she took such good care of her husband. Darlene is a 2018 Mark winner, our program launched last year to recognize team members’ passion in serving our organization and our patients.


  • We heard from one of our own nurse team members about the importance of a key nursing care imperative: bedside reporting, which includes the patient and family in conversations during the handoff of care between nurses. Our team member’s mother was hospitalized at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. The family member was right there when it came time for discussions on upcoming treatment or how mom fared during the night. “I have never been more impressed with the care my mother received on that floor,” said our nurse. “I have addressed my care to reflect the warmth we felt and received.”

If you would like to share your own remarkable story, please click here


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. 

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation and Panera Bread celebrate donation at new Winston-Salem restaurant

To celebrate funds raised by local Panera Bread restaurants on behalf of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, representatives from both organizations and local Triad community leaders gathered on Tuesday, March 20 for a ribbon-cutting and check presentation at the newly-opened Panera Bread location at Hanes Square Shop Circle in Winston-Salem.

The funds were raised last month when local Panera Bread customers were able to roll up their change to the next dollar to benefit local mammography services. Money raised is going toward a brand new mobile mammography unit that will be equipped with 3-D technology to expand community mammography services in the Triad. Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines and other local leaders were in attendance.




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Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation partners with local Panera Bread locations to improve access to 3-D mammograms

Winston-Salem, N.C. – This month, customers at Panera Bread restaurants in Clemmons, Kernersville as well as two locations in Winston-Salem now have the ability to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar in support of the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation’s efforts to improve community access to 3-D mammograms.

Money raised during the change roll-up campaign will go toward a brand new mobile mammography unit that will be equipped with 3-D technology and allows the Novant Health Breast Center to expand community mammography services in the Triad. 3-D technology increases chances of finding a small cancerous lesion by 41 percent over previous 2-D technology.

“Early detection and prevention are keys to beating breast cancer,” said Heather Egan, a development officer with the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation. “This is a way the whole community can share excitement by helping more women have access to mammograms.”

The current campaign is with Panera Bread’s largest franchisee Covelli Enterprises and lasts through Feb. 28. Novant Health is the first health system in Winston-Salem to offer 3-D technology on a mobile unit.


About Novant Health Forsyth 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 Forsyth Medical Center Foundation supports Novant Health in its mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

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To support the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation’s Women’s Council Mammogram Coach Campaign, click below.

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.

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 Clemmons Medical Center Foundation celebrates donation

Clemmons, N.C., July 22, 2017 – Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting event for the naming of the Golding Conference Rooms on July 22, 2017. The event commemorated a generous donation from Golding Farms Foods owners and Clemmons community leaders, Tony and Vi Golding. The funds supported a new community garden at the hospital, as well as a patient assistance fund.

The Goldings supported the new expansion of Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center and the Clemmons community through this generous donation and wished to share their enthusiasm with friends and community leaders.