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The Duke Endowment supports better eyesight for students in need

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation receives $200,000 to participate in Vision to Learn program

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation received a $200,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to engage Vision To Learn, a national nonprofit organization that operates mobile vision clinics to provide free screenings, eye exams and glasses to economically disadvantaged students.

NHPMC Foundation serves as a fiduciary agent for the grant, which provides $40,000 this year and $160,000 incrementally until 2024 to serve students throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

Vision To Learn reports that about one in five children needs glasses to see the board, read a book or participate in class. About 95 percent of children who attend school in low-income communities do not have the glasses they need. Students with uncorrected vision problems often avoid reading, suffer headaches and experience difficulty focusing in class. Students not proficient in reading by the end of third grade are more likely to drop out of school.

Vision To Learn partners with the school district and provides a program that begins with vision screenings for all students in the school. After the initial evaluation, Vision To Learn coordinates with schools to schedule one or more visits by the mobile vision clinic staff. Students who require glasses can choose frames onboard the mobile vision clinic. Approximately two weeks after exam day, Vision To Learn’s optician returns to the school to deliver new glasses, provide individual glasses fittings and educate students on proper care and cleaning.

To learn more about the programs, please visit: https://visiontolearn.org/ and https://dukeendowment.org/.

Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation awards grant for “A Path Forward”

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation receives $8,000 to improve services for drug addiction and mental health

Thanks to an $8,000 award from the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation has raised more than $100,000 toward a $3.5 million goal for the “A Path Forward” capital campaign to improve behavioral health services in Brunswick County.

The “A Path Forward” capital campaign aims to provide greater access and care for patients seeking behavioral health services and to strengthen partnerships with existing community services. Funds from “A Path Forward” will enhance Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center (NHBMC) behavioral health emergency care by creating a separate bed space within the emergency department and improving transportation services available to behavioral health patients. Programs will increase access to outpatient services, fund additional psychiatrists and behavioral health therapists, provide intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, create a psychiatric assessment center and implement a comprehensive telehealth program for situations warranting remote treatment.

Programs will further build on community partnerships to enhance coordination and access. Partners include the Brunswick County Health Department and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department Anchor Initiative for effective addiction treatment. “We are sincerely grateful for this partnership with the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation in the fight against mental illness and drug addiction,” Cynthia Cheatham, NHBMC Foundation development program manager, said. “This grant will help us provide the best in behavioral health care for the people of Brunswick County and the surrounding communities.”

Please join us in the fight against drug addiction and improving behavioral health services in Brunswick county by donating today.

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Pictured left to right: Michelle Ingram, vice chair of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation; Cynthia Cheatham, NHBMC Foundation development program manager; Monique Stenquist, chair of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation

A team of guardian angels makes a big difference

When a patient is transferred to hospice care, a new journey begins. Patients, caregivers and family members are often frightened and exhausted, both emotionally and physically. They don’t know what to expect and can feel lost. As a daughter and her mother (who wish to remain anonymous) found out, it is a time when receiving the right kind of support and care can make all the difference.

“By the time my mother and I contacted hospice, we were desperate for help! We weren’t sure what to expect. From the moment the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Hospice Team entered our home, they gave both my mother and me great physical, emotional, and spiritual care”

According to the daughter, the hospice care team at Novant Health went above and beyond to provide the care and support that helped bring peace and comfort to her family, at a time when they really needed it.

“The extra attention they provided enabled me to better care for my mother with less stress and more confidence.”

Inspired by the team, and in memory of her mother, she donated to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “In honor of Lisa Williams RN, Karen McAbee RN, Kelly Woods-Medlin CNA, Julie Caldwell RN, and the Triage Nurses, I hope these gifts express how appreciated, valued, and loved these Guardian Angels are”.

A ceremony will be held during which all the medical professionals mentioned above will receive a Guardian Angel pin to commemorate their incredible compassion, dedication and hard work.

Grateful patients program

Gifts from grateful patients help Novant Health achieve its mission of improving the health of our community, while also honoring the medical team that provides remarkable care.​ For more information about the Guardian Angel program at Novant Health Foundation, please visit www.supportnovanthealth.org/remarkable-stories-main/grateful-patients-program/.

Whitehead Stokes Society 9th annual dinner

On April 9, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation hosted their ninth annual Whitehead-Stokes Society dinner at the Country Club of Salisbury. More than 80 members were in attendance for this year’s dinner. 

Whitehead-Stokes Society dinner

Dr. Gavin Misner described what it is like to be a surgeon taking care of a patient with cancer. Julianne Goodman, speaking on behalf of her mother-in-law Mary Goodman, described her most recent treatment following her breast cancer diagnosis.


The Whitehead-Stokes Society was created to recognize community supporters who made cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more the previous fiscal year. This year we have a total of 184 couples/individuals that are members of the Whitehead Stokes Society.    

Novant Health Foundation welcomes Ann Caulkins as new President

Former Charlotte Observer publisher helms the Foundation in new role

Novant Health Foundation is pleased to welcome Ann Caulkins as our new President, and we congratulate her on her co-role as Senior Vice President of Novant Health. As the new face of leadership within the foundation, Ann will focus on expanding its profile within local communities. We look forward to having her lead our mission to engage and connect donors to Novant Health programs and initiatives that save lives and improve the health of the communities we serve. With a passion for impact, the six distinct regional foundations actively inspire giving which aides projects and efforts that directly impact patients. They focus primarily on five key areas: infants and children, cancer, heart and vascular, stroke and neuroscience, and research and education.

Caulkin’s impressive professional experience includes her most recent role as the president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer for just over 12 years. Additional accomplishments and participation include:

  • Past president and publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Business Executive program, Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director
  • Board of directors for Crossroads Charlotte, The Fletcher School and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
  • The Women’s Impact Fund
  • International Women’s Forum
  • Women Executives
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Baylor University alumnus

In the news

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina awards $10,000 grant

Grant highlight

Thanks to support from the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection staff is improving access to care for under/uninsured Mecklenburg County individuals at high risk for lung cancer through Novant Health’s Lung Cancer Screening and Education Program. Staff collaborates with Shelter Health Services, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Lake Norman Community Health Clinic to encourage under/uninsured, high-risk individuals to enroll in program activities if they are long-term smokers or have experienced long-term exposure to secondhand smoke.

Staff provides education, smoking cessation counseling, nicotine patches and low-dose CT scans with the goal of reducing late-stage lung cancer diagnoses among the targeted population. Staff also provides gasoline cards to patients facing transportation barriers to screening appointments.

“We are proud to partner with Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina for the 2019 grant cycle,” says Maria Kuklinski-Long, manager of Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection. “This grant affords under/uninsured individuals the opportunity to access lifesaving prevention and early detection measures to reduce the risk of late-stage lung cancer. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina in this important endeavor.”

To learn more about the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, please visit www.lungcancerinitiativenc.org.

Norvells generously donate 100% of book proceeds

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation receives proceeds from book sale to support infant services

New mothers and their babies at the Women’s and Children’s Center at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center will rest a little more comfortably, thanks to a donation of $4,320 from the sale of a book written by Salisbury residents, Elizabeth and Owen Norvell. The Norvell’s generously donated 100% of the proceeds of their book to benefit both Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation and Piedmont Players Theatre Youth Productions.

Chef Santos – The Chef, His Story and His Recipes is the Norvell’s first book. Elizabeth and Owen have enjoyed dining at the Italian restaurant Goodfellows for years, where they met the owner Chef Santos. “We found Chef Santos and his stories so interesting that we felt compelled to share them with others,” explained the Norvells. “We feel fortunate to have gotten to know Santos. His generosity and gratitude towards people in general, are qualities we were drawn to… we felt honored he wanted to share his recipes, because -apparently- he has never shared them before.”

The Norvells intended on putting funds from the book back into the restaurant, however Chef Santos insisted the money be evenly donated to two local nonprofits that benefited children. The proceeds from the book to the hospital foundation will be used to purchase several HALO® Bassinest™ swivel sleepers for the Women’s and Children’s Center. With its innovative design, the swiveling bassinet makes it easier for mom to tend to her newborn’s needs such as ‘skin to skin’ bonding, breastfeeding and diaper changing, directly from her hospital bed.

“We are grateful to the Norvells and Chef Santos for their generous contributions,” said Rick Parker, executive director of the Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “Rowan Medical Center is committed to providing access to world-class care right here in our community, and they are helping us fulfill this mission.”

For more information on the foundation, please call 704-210-6880 or email Rick Parker at rdparker@novanthealth.org.

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


Click here to download more information about the capital campaign so you can share with others.


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.

Click above to view more photos from the groundbreaking ceremony.

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.

The Peninsula Community Foundation child life specialist grant

The Peninsula Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to support Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center Child Life Specialist

Thanks to The Peninsula Community Foundation, children who need to visit the ER will have a child life specialist to help them and their family cope with the trauma of illness and medical treatments.

Ashley Parkey
Alexandra Parkey

The Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation received a two-year, $15,000 grant, which will be used to help fund the child life specialist in the Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center pediatric-friendly emergency department.

The new child life specialist, Alexandra Parkey, started earlier this year. Parkey states, “As a child, I was very ill. My family and I experienced firsthand how impactful a child life program truly is at normalizing the hospital environment and minimizing traumatic medical procedures.”  

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation began fundraising in 2018 for expansions at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, including the new pediatric-friendly emergency department. Other capital improvements at the hospital include the addition of 44 beds, which will open in early June 2019.


About The Peninsula Community Foundation

The Peninsula Community Foundation is a volunteer organization serving North Mecklenburg County. Their vision is to bring people, capital, and ideas together to help local Lake Norman charities and the communities they serve by working closely with them. Learn more at ThePeninsulaCommunityFoundation.org

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation receives $75,000 in grant awards to help fund Wallace Cancer Center

Thanks to generous support from The Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation and the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center (NHRMC) Foundation is one step closer to creating a state-of-the-art cancer center in Salisbury, NC.

In 2018, NHRMC Foundation launched a $12 million capital campaign to support the construction of the Wallace Cancer Center, which will enhance patient care, improve accessibility, increase affordability, enrich care coordination and provide cutting-edge cancer prevention and treatment services close to home.

The Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation awarded $50,000 in funding to support the new cancer center, and the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation awarded $25,000.

Construction of the new cancer center will begin April 30, 2019, and leadership anticipates beginning to accept patients in the fall of 2020.


Wallace Cancer Center

Please visit NHCancerCenter.org to learn more about the Wallace Cancer Center.