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New harness for Neuroscience Center makes patient recovery faster and safer

The Neuroscience Center of Excellence is home for our rehabilitation team members, who work with patients recovering from strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations. The Vector Harness system, funded through generous donations and installed last December, allows patients to move more naturally when it comes to physical therapy. It is attached to a trolley on the ceiling, allowing it to support patients during their rehab. Patients feel more secure as they safely practice walking again. The harness catches them if they begin to fall.

The harness also provides computer-generated feedback, allowing the team to provide highly individualized care. Without the harness, multiple therapists would help each patient, increasing the risk of a fall and possible injury. This new system improves safety, boosting patient confidence and decreasing their fear.

“We’re the only center in the region to have a Vector Harness, and it puts us on par with centers all across the country,” said Cress Goodnight, outpatient rehab regional manager. “This system enables patients to do what therapists challenge them to do.”

About 200 patients have benefited from this innovative system since its installation.

Celebrating the transformation of Novant Health Cancer Institute and the generosity that made it possible

Your donations have helped us transform the Novant Health Cancer Institute, located at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. The institute is reaching the end of its $5.6 million renovation. Because of your support, patients can receive innovative cancer care right here in Winston-Salem. 

The renovated infusion space was designed to improve aesthetics, provide natural light and ensure patient privacy with 45 private bays. A renovated gynecologic oncology area also provides improved aesthetics and new exam rooms. 

The jewel in the renovation project is a new phase 1 clinical trial unit, which provides patients with access to novel treatments available only in a few centers throughout the country. Most patients who participate in phase 1 clinical trials have advanced cancer and have exhausted all other treatment possibilities. These trials require close monitoring for potential side effects. This new unit is the first of its kind in our region and will result in improved care for cancer patients.

Only 1% to 2% of cancer patients in the United States have access to a clinical trial. This is lower than the rate in other countries. Novant Health Cancer Institute aims to increase the availability of trials, which will ultimately create better treatment options for future cancer patients.

Thank you for your financial support to help provide cancer patients and their families with better treatment options and access to compassionate care.

Nurse navigators make a difference for our patients because of you

Nurse navigators support cancer patients and their caregivers through every stage of their journey, starting after a diagnosis. They answer questions, translate the doctor’s instructions and serve as their advocate before, during and after treatment.

“I tell patients, I’m here to coordinate care, be your advocate and go-to gal when you really don’t know where to go. I want to make sure you never feel alone,” said Meredith Smith, a head and neck cancer nurse navigator at the Novant Health Derick L. Davis Cancer Center. 

Doug Owen and his wife, Robin Owen, know firsthand the impact of her work. Owen was diagnosed with parotid gland cancer in May 2019. After surgery to remove 44 lymph nodes, he started chemotherapy and radiation. Doug finished his treatment in September 2019 and received an all-clear scan in December.

Meredith was integral in helping them navigate their journey.

“It was really overwhelming at first. Meredith was there for us,” Robin said. “Anytime I had a question about his treatment, I knew I could call her. Without her, I don’t see how anyone could survive it. You don’t know where to go, who to call, how to coordinate care.”

Navigators also often know the best treatments for the patient’s individual circumstances. Doug hates needles, so Meredith encouraged him to get a port-a-cath in his shoulder. A port-a-cath allows fluids, blood transfusions and chemotherapy to be administered through a central vein, so Doug was able to receive treatment without constantly being stuck with a needle. Meredith also knew Doug liked to fish, so she asked the doctor to put the port-a-cath in his left shoulder, since he casts with his right arm.

“She walked through this with us, was there every day, never complained,” Doug said. “The port-a-cath was a lifesaver. If not for Meredith, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in. There are a lot of good doctors and nurses, but with Dr. Reardon, Dr. Jacks and Meredith, I had the best two doctors and nurse there are.”

Meredith also started a support group for head and neck cancer patients and caregivers. Doug and Robin have been involved and hope to continue.

“If I can help caregivers or he can help patients, that’s what we want to do: Start some mentoring, share tricks we discovered,” Robin said. “It’s really needed. The outcome, him being cancer-free – we attribute that to Meredith, our two doctors and God.”

Our Nurse Navigator program receives much-needed funding from the Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament, usually held in October. This year’s event was canceled, but donations are still needed. Please visit donate.SupportNovantHealth.org/Winston-Salem and select “Cancer Nurse Navigator” to support this important program. Thank you.

Virtual Garden Party Raises $62,000 to Support New Mothers

The Women’s Council held the first virtual Garden Party, “Here Comes the Sun,” in June and raised $62,000 for Family Connects, a home visit program for new mothers in Forsyth and Davidson counties. It provides free, in-home visits from a trained RN two to four weeks after the birth of a child and connects families with key community resources.

“The Garden party was a success even though we had to take it virtual,” said Leigh Ann Janjua, Garden Party chair. “We were happy with our Zoom turnout and thrilled to be able to help Family Connects.”

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Hayworth Miller Funeral Home, Reynolds American, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Lindsay and Gardner CPAs, Piedmont Triad Anesthesia, UNC School of the Arts, Forsyth Tech, Lottie Kay, Shelby and Lee Chaden, and Pam Oliver, MD.

The Women’s Council is a group of dynamic women who work to improve the health of women in our community. Membership offers the opportunity to support lifesaving projects, while networking with like-minded women.

For more information, contact Carolyn Fuller at [email protected].  

Your support helps nurses continue their education

The Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam Nursing Excellence fund provides financial assistance for Novant Health nurses in Winston-Salem. The fund was started in honor of Cindy Jarrett-Pulliam, beloved nursing leader at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, who passed away in November 2019. Recipients can use their awards for tuition, books, child care expenses, car repair or other personal needs while they continue their nursing education.

Brittany James received an award this year to continue her education at the University of Cincinnati, where she is pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. Brittany will use her award for tuition to help relieve the financial burden of studying and working full time. This fund helps Brittany and others because many of you made generous donations in Cindy’s memory.

“I had the pleasure of working with Cindy for many years,” Brittany said. “Her leadership and dedication to nursing were always admirable. Even though she is no longer with us, her memory lives on. It is an honor to pass this leadership on.”

Eight Novant Health team members have received a total of $25,000 to follow in Cindy’s footsteps and pursue a higher level of nursing care for our patients. 

Welcome new team members

Welcome Carolyn Fuller

Carolyn Fuller joined Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center as our annual fund manager in July. Carolyn’s impressive experience includes annual giving work for Davidson College, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, and SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals.

“What really appealed to me about working here was the opportunity to grow the annual fund program and promote healthcare,” Carolyn said. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys watching movies, walking her dogs and spending time with her husband and two children.

She can be reached at [email protected].


Welcome Intern Caroline Wolfe

We are delighted to welcome Caroline Wolfe as our marketing and communications intern for Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation. Caroline graduated from Samford University in May with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She is participating in the Winston-Salem Fellows, a nine-month program designed to help recent college graduates successfully bridge the transition from college to career.

“I’m excited to tell stories of remarkable patient care and connect our donors to the ways they are making a difference in our community,” Caroline said.

Her email is [email protected].

A lifelong advocate for health

New cancer survivorship fund honors Rick Parker

For 39 years, Rick Parker has dedicated his career to improving healthcare for others and connecting generous donors to Novant Health’s mission to deliver remarkable care throughout the communities it serves. When he retires at the end of 2020 from his role as executive director of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation, he will conclude a career that began entirely by accident. Literally.

When Parker was a sophomore in college, he was involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered a compound fracture in his leg. He was hospitalized for six weeks in two facilities, where doctors put him in traction. Eighteen months passed before he was able to walk again.

Through that experience, Parker came to understand and value the importance of quality healthcare. With his newly gained perspective, he started his professional journey, and it’s a move he never regretted.

“The healthcare industry is one of the most cognitively stimulating industries in the world,” Parker said. “It’s just a fascinating business. I truly woke up every day — and I still do — excited about coming to work because there’s just so many different opportunities to keep you motivated, both intellectually and emotionally.”

Parker joined Rowan Memorial Hospital in 1981 to launch a patient advocacy program. Over the next several decades, he adapted to various roles and responsibilities to keep up with the changing times. He worked with professional and support services, such as imaging, pharmacy, laboratory, environmental, dietary, discharge planning just to name a few among many other functions of the hospital.

“I just kept taking on additional duties — sometimes responsibilities other people did not want to deal with,” Parker said.

In 2013, Rowan Medical Center Foundation needed a new executive director, and Parker was ready for the challenge. The role provided him with an opportunity he’d always wanted: to help the community in a focused way. He was nervous about fundraising early on, but it came naturally to him.

“I started my careergoing down the road of, ‘How can I help the community have better healthcare?’” Parker said. “So, I never felt like I was really asking anybody for any money. I was just asking people if they wanted to participate in something that would be a game changer.”

Throughout his tenure, Parker helped Novant Health raise money for the first residential hospice facility in Rowan County and for 3D mammography technology to improve breast health services. One shining example of Parker’s work has been the Novant Health Wallace Cancer Institute, which opened in 2020. The facility brings research, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation together under one roof, easing some of the stressors oncology patients and their families endure. Parker said he is happy to retire having helped bring such a valuable resource to the community. The way the project came together was just, as he puts it, “magical.”

“I’ve done a lot of projects over the years, and this one had no flaws whatsoever,” Parker said. “When we started construction, it did not rain for five months. Normally when you start construction, it feels like a rainy season begins, and you get behind. We did not get behind on this project. In fact, we built a 32,000-square-foot facility and opened it in 12 and a half months. It’s just unheard of.”

For Parker, the philanthropic role has led him to partner with people who already had a passion for healthcare and simply needed his guidance on how to impact the community. He remembers receiving an unexpected donation of $500,000. It was a moment that took his breath away.

“I was shocked,” Parker said. “I raised the roof after I hung up the phone that day.”

Today, Novant Health Foundation has a surprise of its own: the launch of a new Cancer Survivor Fund to honor Parker. Because fighting cancer often creates financial strains for patients and families, the Cancer Survivor Fund will provide financial assistance to cancer patients receiving care at the Wallace Cancer Institute. The fund will help these community members cover the cost of necessities such as housing, utilities, transportation and nutritional supplements.

As Parker reflects on his time with Novant Health, he is grateful for the opportunity to serve his team members and the community.

“I’m forever grateful to Novant health,” Parker said. “I’ve really enjoyed becoming part of this remarkable healthcare team.”

As far as what is next, Parker is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying outdoor adventures. He recently inherited his father’s Harley Davidson motorcycle, and he has begun to enjoy the open roads again.

“I always thought, if I got to the end of my life and I was asked, ‘Were you able to help one person and expect nothing in return?’ would I be able to answer that question?” Parker said. “I can answer ‘yes’ now.”

You now have an opportunity to help those in need and honor Rick Parker and his legacy of impact in his community Through a donation to the Cancer Survivor Fund, you can help survivors and families enjoy life again, free from cancer and financial stress. Make your gift today.

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The first ‘Family Room’ in Charlotte

A unique partnership with the Ronald McDonald House is bringing one family’s vision to life

Early next year, the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte will open its first “Family Room” within the walls of Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.

It’s an amenity that is coming to life thanks to a unique collaboration between the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte and the Comly family, who lost their daughter, Caroline, after a five-day fight in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Hemby Children’s Hospital.

“The Comly family wanted to find a way to support families who were going through what they went through,” said Denise Cubbedge, CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. “They also wanted a way to memorialize Caroline in a very special way. The team at Hemby recognized this might be an opportunity for the family to collaborate with Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte to create this shared space. Now as a team, we are working to bring life to the space. It won’t just be a brick-and-mortar room; it will become an experience people have when they walk in the door.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte opened its doors to families in 2011. Since then, the organization has served over 4,500 families whose children are receiving care and treatment at nearby hospitals. Those families come to the House looking for a place to rest, recharge and connect with other families going through the same experience. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is one of 186 such facilities across the United States and more than 340 around the world. It’s a name that families know and a place they can trust.

The Family Room concept was designed to serve as an extension of the Ronald McDonald House, bringing the same services and support families have come to rely on at the nonprofit’s dedicated houses within the walls of medical facilities. Its goal is to serve those families who may not need a place to stay overnight but still need support, Cubbedge said.

“We can still love on those families and give them something more than just a physical space to escape to,” she said. “We have volunteers and programming that families can access so they can take better care of themselves and, in turn, take better care of their children. And they don’t have to leave the hospital. They can be right there, right down the hall.”

That was important to John and Ginny Comly, who rarely left their daughter’s side during their five days in the PICU at Hemby Children’s Hospital. A few of the nurses let them sneak showers in rooms that were recently vacated. Friends and family brought food and changes of clothes. But they needed a place where they could go to rest, even briefly. They needed somewhere they could find care, comfort and hope.

When Caroline passed away, they decided to build that place to provide families with everything they need while their children are fighting for their lives. When it opens early in 2021, it will be called The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Caroline’s Corner. Its mission is to provide care, comfort and hope.

“That’s what we view as the ultimate goal because having a child in the PICU is a life experience where there is little, if any, comfort and hope,” John said. “When Caroline died, it became more of a mission that we wanted to do this and to do it in her name. And this can hopefully be part of a number of legacies that she’s able to leave even though she’s not with us.”

Cubbedge strives to be a responsible steward of that legacy. She’s met the Comly family. She’s watched Ginny go through the training program to become a Ronald McDonald House volunteer. And she’s worked to bring their vision to life with the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Caroline’s Corner.

“The emotions are so deep with the loss of a child. Unfortunately, we see that here at the Ronald McDonald House, and it’s a hard thing for a family to experience. You always want to do so much for these families, and you feel like no word will be good enough, no action will be great enough to make them feel better,” Cubbedge said. “The Comlys have lived it, and they want to make that experience a little easier. I consider it an honor to be able to be a part of this very special space they’re creating to remember Caroline.”

For Cubbedge, the partnership also represents an opportunity for collaboration between two institutions who value “remarkable care” above all else.

“That’s a cornerstone of what we are about — providing the absolute best quality of care for the families that we impact. We have done that incredibly well over the last 10 years within the walls of our house, so we are truly excited to take the integrity of our mission and what we do here and see that in a setting with our healthcare partner, who also has such a high standard of taking care of families and patients,” Cubbedge said. “We want to be the best at that, and we want to partner with others who are the best at that.”

Jennifer Clifford, chief development officer at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, agreed this partnership will play a major role in the overall success of the Family Room, bringing programming and volunteers into the space to provide added support.

“Novant Health Foundation is excited to have a home away from home within Hemby Children’s Hospital for families to feel as comfortable as possible while being only a few feet away from their child,” Clifford said. “The ability for families to connect as they embark on these situations is vital, developing friendships and support systems that will last a lifetime.”

You can make a difference in the lives of patients and families by making a gift to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation. Your contributions make remarkable care possible. Do your part and give today.

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Agnes Weisiger gets it done

The same work ethic that defined her nursing career now drives her philanthropic commitment to Novant Health

During her 40-year career as a nurse, Agnes Weisiger was known for her willingness to do what had to be done, no matter what.

After attending Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Weisiger graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in 1963 and worked in the intensive care and coronary care units at what is now Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. In the hopes of leaving the night shift in favor of the 9-to-5, she soon joined a local medical practice.

But Weisiger couldn’t stay away. She’d work her eight hours at the medical office and then head to the hospital. The hospital needed someone able to read EKGs and take care of patients. Weisiger had taught herself to do both, and she wanted to help.

Weisiger went back to school and attended UNC Chapel Hill as a member of the third class of the family nurse practitioner (NP) program, graduating in 1973. Then, she attended UNC Charlotte to earn her B.S. in nursing. For several years, she was the only NP in Charlotte and became the defacto lobbyist for the profession, teaching the medical community that NPs were an asset, not a threat.

Her efforts resulted in greater acceptance of NPs across the healthcare community, giving more patients access to the care they deserved. At one point, she was working with 19 nursing homes in the Charlotte area, providing care in between doctors’ visits, in addition to her regular job.

“Throughout my career, I was the catchall — ultrasounds and Holter monitors, among other things, and seeing patients,” Weisiger said. “Whatever the need, you just get it done.”

That philosophy has carried into all aspects of Weisiger’s life: Wherever she sees a need, she does whatever she can to help.

Although she is now retired, she still looks for opportunities to make an impact in Charlotte’s healthcare community — and then works diligently to bring those ideas to life. Her work to fund the new Novant Health Agnes B. and Edward I. Weisiger Cancer Institute is a perfect case in point. In 2017, she and her husband, Ed, made a multimillion-dollar contribution to fund the creation of the institute, which will share space with the new Novant Health Claudia W. and John M. Belk Heart & Vascular Institute to provide patients with comprehensive, leading-edge care in one state-of-the-art facility. The building opened in October 2020.

“I want this to be a place where patients can find hope — hope for a clear future,” Weisiger said. “When people are diagnosed with cancer, there’s an overwhelming sense of panic and fear. I know because I’ve been there. My husband has been there. My hope is this place will bring a sense of calm where patients will instantly feel they’ve come to a place where they can get the best possible care and get on their way back to health, as soon as possible.” 

Weisiger’s first encounter with cancer was through her work with Presbyterian Medical Center.

“Back in the mid-1960s, I gave chemotherapy to cancer patients. At the time, we had no gloves, no hood, no eye goggles,” she said. “I was extremely involved with patients with cancer.”

Then, cancer became personal. In 1989, at the age of 58, her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The couple sought treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and it worked. Ed has been cancer free ever since.

In 2011, Weisiger began her own journey with cancer. She found a lump and was soon diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. She received a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy at Presbyterian Medical Center, and once again, the treatment worked.

“I went in for my mammogram, and it was positive. The next day, a biopsy was performed. The day after that, I saw a surgeon. The process was click, click, click and very efficient,” Weisiger said. “That’s what you want when you hear the word ‘cancer.’ You want to get on the path to getting better as soon as possible. And yet so many in our community don’t even have access to the first stage of the process.”

To that end, Weisiger has taken special interest in increasing access to mammograms. In 2011, she and her husband helped fund the first mobile mammography unit at Presbyterian Medical Center, a 38-foot multifunctional coach that offers digital mammography screenings throughout the community. In 2016, they also funded a second mobile mammography unit offering digital screenings. 

“There are many people who can’t get to appointments due to work or family obligations. This unit makes the process easier for them,” she said.

Then, if their screening results in a diagnosis, they can receive treatment at the new Weisiger Cancer Institute, which brings the full suite of cancer services together under one roof, streamlining the treatment process while continuing to deliver remarkable care.

While Weisiger has a clear vision for the new Cancer Institute, she also maintains a profound appreciation for the people who are bringing that vision to life — the people who, like herself, are committed to doing what needs to be done. Recently, she reached out to the construction manager for the Cancer Institute project and invited him and his team to her 1,700-acre pine tree farm in Lancaster, South Carolina, for some fishing, hiking, sporting clays and a change of scenery to thank them for their hard work in making this institute possible.

“I worked all my life, and I appreciate people who take pride in what they do,” Weisiger said. “I can tell you, this construction team is doing a great job. There are so many people involved in a project the size and scope of the new cancer center, and it’s important to recognize that and ensure we do everything we can to thank those who have done their part. Inviting this team out for a day at the farm was the least I could do.”

At Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, we are profoundly grateful for the generosity of donors like Agnes Weisiger, whose commitment to our work has made so much possible.

You can do your part, too, with a gift to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation. As a nonprofit health system, we rely on our community to support the remarkable care we provide. We hope you’ll join Agnes and give today.

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‘You are a statistic of one’

Sherry Pollex on her cancer battle and her commitment to increasing access to integrative medicine

Sherry Pollex was healthy — or so she thought.

She exercised and ate well. She was young and active. Her only bouts of illness were the occasional cold or sore throat. In fact, if she ever thought about something as life-threatening as cancer, it was in her work to fight the disease among its youngest victims.

Pollex and her longtime partner, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., co-founded the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007 to help in the fight against childhood cancers. Their annual fundraiser, Catwalk for a Cause, puts the spotlight on young cancer survivors and has raised millions to fight the disease. Over the years, their focus hasn’t wavered, but it did expand when Pollex got a diagnosis of her own.

“I was not feeling well for probably about four months and had seen my general practitioner. She referred me to a GI doctor, and that doctor referred me to an ob-gyn and then back to a GI doctor. I was in the patient pinball process for three months or so of doctors saying it was IBS or celiac disease or ovarian cysts. And the pain just kept getting worse,” Pollex said.

After she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage 3C, in August of 2014, she was referred to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center for surgery and treatment.

“It was really scary. Not only was I a 35-year-old woman who was perfectly healthy, but I had never known anyone who had ovarian cancer. And anytime you ask Dr. Google a question about a disease that doesn’t have a good survival rate, you’re down a rabbit hole of asking, ‘What if that’s me?’” Pollex said. “But it wasn’t long before I got to a place where I realized I needed to listen to my doctors and start researching this disease. I started to get into integrative medicine and told myself, ‘You are a statistic of one. There are outliers who beat the odds, and there’s no reason you can’t be that person.’”

One of those doctors was Matt McDonald, MD.

“When I walked in the room and met him, I knew that he was going to be my doctor because he treated me like his daughter,” Pollex said. “I told him I knew my survival rate wasn’t good, and he said, ‘I will never tell you how long you’ll be on this Earth because I am not your God.’”

She also met specialists in integrative medicine, including Russell Greenfield, MD, who encouraged her to look beyond surgery and chemotherapy at ways to enhance her health as a whole.

So, while she went through a rigorous treatment process that included an eight-hour debulking surgery to remove the tumors in her body, a radical hysterectomy and an appendectomy, followed by six rounds of intensive IV and inpatient chemotherapy, she incorporated many integrative practices along the way to mitigate her side effects.

Her specialists, those at Novant Health and others outside the hospital, put together a program that included acupuncture, yoga and meditation. She changed her diet and incorporated medicinal mushrooms and Chinese herbs.

“The more I ate right and juiced and the more I worked out and did these things, the better I felt. When that starts to happen, you become an integrative medicine lover for the rest of your life,” she said.

Pollex went into remission, but a year and three months later, her cancer came back. This time it was in her spleen and on the outside of her liver. She had a liver resection and a splenectomy and then began six rounds of IV chemotherapy. Eight weeks after finishing treatment, she began an oral PARP inhibitor that she’s been taking since 2017.

“I’ve done extremely well on it. I feel so blessed to be able to live a normal life, and I still do all my integrative treatments,” Pollex said. “I’m very careful about what I put in my body and what’s in my house and my environment. No sugar, no dairy, no wheat. I eat as many vegetables as I can and a lot of healing herbs, like ginger and turmeric.”

Her experience has made her want to help others incorporate integrative medicine in their cancer journeys. In 2018, Pollex and the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation made a donation to fund the creation of the new SherryStrong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic within Novant Health’s new Agnes B. and Edward I. Weisiger Cancer Institute, which is scheduled to start seeing their first patients on November 9, 2020.

“You don’t just have to run right into surgery and chemo. You have options, and they’re all going to be right here, in the same building,” Pollex said. “I think a lot of people’s biggest concern is that they can’t afford integrative medicine, so we wanted to open a clinic that would make it affordable to everyone in our community.”

Pollex recently finished picking out the finishing touches on the new clinic — the tile and the carpet and the lighting. It’s been an emotional process—one that reminds her of all those she has the potential to help. 

“My hope is that when other patients come in, there’s this healing energy and peacefulness that comes over them,” Pollex said. “This isn’t a hospital. This is a place to come to get well and feel well. This is a place of hope.”

Because of her commitment to giving back, Pollex often hears from others who are looking for a way to make an impact but aren’t sure how to do so.

“I think the most important thing is to get involved in what you’re passionate about,” Pollex said. “It doesn’t have to be a financial contribution. There are a million different ways to offer your time and talent in the community. And you don’t have to look far to find people who are in need.”

There are many ways to make a difference, and part of our mission at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation is to help our donors connect with the causes that matter most to them. Whatever and wherever you can give, every effort makes an impact.

You can do your part to support your community, with a gift to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation. Your generosity makes remarkable care possible. Join us, and give today.

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