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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

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

About the
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.

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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.

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.

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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

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 to learn more about the Wallace Cancer Center.

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

Randy Brantley, Grants Director, and Kerri Polce, Grants Manager, accepted the $75,000 check on behalf of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation from local “Get Your Rear in Gear – Charlotte” event director Phillip Sanford at the Rally Party held January 21 at Free Range Brewing Co.

Thanks to a generous grant of $75,000 from the Colon Cancer Coalition to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, Novant Health Cancer Care will continue to offer colonoscopy screenings, patient living expenses coverage and colon cancer rehabilitation and wellness services for Charlotte-area low-income colorectal cancer patients. This grant is made possible through funds raised during the March 2018 “Get Your Rear in Gear – Charlotte” event.

You can help this year by participating in the 10th annual “Get Your Rear in Gear –Charlotte” held on March 30, 2019 at Independence Park. There will be races for adults and youth, and a fun run for kids 10 and under; as well as post-race refreshments and an awards ceremony. To donate or register for the event, please visit

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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A Private Space for Care, Comfort & Hope

Through a partnership with Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, John and Ginny Comly have chosen to honor their youngest daughter, Caroline Comly, with Caroline’s Corner, a private area on the pediatric floor of Hemby Children’s Hospital, where families can find a warm, peaceful place to rest, regroup and find hope. Additionally, the Comlys have chosen to show their gratitude for the pediatric critical care team by constructing a respite room within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a place of calm for clinicians on the frontlines of patient care to decompress and find new resolve.

Novant Health Fund Caroline's Corner

Please help Caroline’s legacy live on. Your gift ensures her impact will be felt by other children battling difficult odds and the adults who will hold their hands every step of the way.

Caroline’s Corner will bring care, comfort and hope to families with a hospitalized child. Plans are in place to create a spacious, private and peaceful retreat uniquely designed to meet the needs of pediatric patients’ families. The area will be constructed and furnished to make every day spent at the hospital a little more comfortable, enabling families to focus on their child’s healing and recovery.


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.