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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.

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.

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation’s new board members

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce four area residents beginning their service on the foundation board, which provides stewardship and oversight of its operations and activities. The new members are Dr. Leighanne Dorton, Joyce Goodwin, Starling Johnson and Cory Menees. The four are replacing Dr. Joel Goodwin, Nancy Linn and Trudy Thompson who completed their appointments, as well as Harold Earnhardt who passed away in December 2017.


Center for Health and Wellness

After more than 85 years of serving the Davidson County community, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center is ready to develop a place that will inspire and educate people of all ages. Right here in our region, diabetes, behavioral health and outpatient rehabilitation continues to impact the lives of thousands of patients and their families each year.

Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation has launched a $2.6 million community giving campaign to establish the new Center for Health and Wellness. The foundation invested in the purchase of the former Health Department building for the conversion into a Center for Health and Wellness. This building is located on the Thomasville Medical Center campus.

This campaign will help address the need for outpatient rehabilitation, provide a community room that will support smoking cessation classes and include a demonstration kitchen to provide proper nutrition counseling and classes. In addition, the new facility will include a much needed space for outpatient behavioral health services and diabetes education.

Donate to the campaign for the Center for Health and Wellness

Contact us for more information.

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.