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Where the rubber meets the road

Meet the biker community fighting breast cancer

The Lucky Turn Around in China Grove, North Carolina, is a hot spot for motorcycle riders, family and friends. Patrons can grab an appetizer, play pool and throw darts. And the pink lemonade is extra special: Buy a glass and the proceeds go toward providing life-saving mammograms to women in need.

If it stopped there, this would just be another story about a local business giving back to the community it serves. But the Lucky Turn Around takes it one giant step further.

The bar is home to a special group of women who are motorcycle enthusiasts and healthcare advocates. They call themselves Riders Against Cancer (RAC), and, for the past three years, the group has raised money and awareness for breast cancer prevention. Together, RAC has raised more than $50,000 and helped more than 100 women receive mammograms.

The year-round effort was sparked by a conversation Charlene Nolt, co-owner of the Lucky Turn Around, had with five women at the bar. Nolt was due to go in for a mammogram. None of the other women had insurance or had received one. Nolt and co-owner Kristina Hilton knew right away they wanted to do something to fix that, and their passion rubbed off on everyone else.

“Right after that, Charlene started telling all the regulars that came in there ‘We’ve got to do something,’” said Sally Rogers, a Lucky Turn Around customer and RAC committee member. “Before we knew it, we had 25 women.”

The group pulled together what would become their flagship event: Riding for Mammograms, an annual poker run, a growing craze in the biker community, at the Lucky Turn Around and other locations. Word spread quickly, starting with other patrons at the bar.

“We all know people who are motorcyclists,” Nolt said. “So when you reach out to one, you’re basically reaching to them at all, and they all know our cause.”

Riders from all over Rowan and Mecklenburg County got involved. The first year, about 60 motorcycles participated, and the group raised about $16,000.

Despite its fundraising success, the group struggled to find women willing to receive the mammograms. They realized they wanted to take their efforts to the next level. They reached out to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation, and a partnership was born. Committee members were thrilled when they spoke to Executive Director Rick Parker.

“He was on his vacation, but still took our phone call, and we all stood there and yelled how much money we had already raised,” Nolt said. “And that man was ecstatic.”

The next year, the group partnered with Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation and raised $36,000, including more than $10,000 from an anonymous donor that brought tears to the eyes of the committee.

“It touched our hearts and made us want to push even harder,” Rogers said.

Novant Health was able to use the funds raised to provide dozens of mammograms to women the RAC didn’t know, and cancer was found in three of them.

“At the end of the day, we provided three mammograms for women who may not have had the means or the opportunity to do it,” Rogers said. “And it would have probably turned into a fatal cancer. That’s what makes it worth it for me.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RAC postponed this year’s poker run indefinitely, but donations are still coming in through merchandise and sponsors. The group has also hosted events to educate women on early detection.

“It’s not all about the money,” said Stacey Thomas, another RAC committee member. “We try to get the word out as much as we can.”

All in all, the committee has been floored by the response from the community. 

“We never realized in our lifetimes that so many people would come together and help us with something like this,” Nolt said. “The community has really shocked me in so many ways on how they support us.”

Additionally, RAC has been grateful for the passionate support of Parker and the rest of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation. The foundation has helped with everything from providing guidance on fundraising to sourcing ribbons at the eleventh hour, and the partnership has had its share of fun, as well.

“Rick is so excited,” Thomas said. “He just got a motorcycle earlier this year, and he wants to ride in our next run.”

Today, anyone interested in receiving a mammogram can contact Novant Health or RAC to receive one free of charge.

“You don’t have to do anything but walk in there and get a mammogram, and it’s going to be paid for,” Nolt said. “That’s how important it is that you go get one. You don’t need a doctor. You don’t need money. You don’t need insurance. Just go get a mammogram.”

In the course of their lifetime, about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer.

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Courage in action

Novant Health’s chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer on what it takes to transform a culture

At a time when the social justice movement is gaining widespread attention and momentum, many organizations are asking themselves an important question: How do you embed diversity and inclusion as part of your business’s mission, vision, values and brand?

When Tanya Stewart Blackmon was faced with that question, her answer was simple: She listened.

Blackmon is Novant Health’s executive vice president and chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer. She accepted the role back in 2016 and immediately embarked on a listening tour across the Novant Health footprint. She heard from more than 700 team members across all levels of the organization over the course of that tour.

“That really served as the foundation for everything we’re seeing and doing today,” Blackmon said. “I was able to create a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategic plan for the system, and that is aligned with our strategic imperatives.”

Blackmon’s approach and leadership have yielded tangible results. Case in point: On the tour, Blackmon learned that the executive team at Novant Health did not reflect the workforce across the system. While the workforce was 82% female, there was only one woman serving on the executive team. Four years later, those numbers have transformed dramatically as the president and CEO wanted to ensure that he had multiple perspectives represented. Today, 40% of the executive team are women, and 40% are people of color.

Ann Caulkins, president of Novant Health Foundation and senior vice president of Novant Health, spoke with Blackmon recently about her lengthy career in healthcare, the challenges and opportunities of the new reality, and what she’s looking forward to for the remainder of 2020. Below are excerpts from their conversation.

Ann Caulkins: How long have you served in your current role? And how did the opportunity come about?

Tanya Blackmon: Five years ago, Carl [Armato, Novant Health CEO] told me he wanted me to take a system role and operationalize diversity and inclusion, one of our core values at Novant Health. I asked him why he wanted me to do this, and he said, “Because you understand the business and the people side of healthcare, and I believe that we need both to truly operationalize this in our organization.”

I asked him that question because, at first, I wasn’t sure I wanted the role. I thought people would assume I got the role because I am an African-American female. So I really wanted to know why Carl wanted me, and it was because of my knowledge of people from my background in social work and my knowledge of the business, from my MBA and from my time as president  of two of our Novant Health hospitals, Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital and Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center.

Caulkins: You know the business side. You know the people side. How do we bridge the gap between those two areas and change a culture?

Blackmon: That was something I thought about, too: What does this mean? I told Carl I was not going to be a figurehead in this position. If we’re going to do this, we’re going to go big and implement in a way that truly added value.

From the start, I knew this could not be about a program because you put a program up on the wall one day, and when times get tough or funding decreases, you can all too easily take it off the wall. It had to be part of a strategic culture-change strategy. I created a fishbone diagram and divided it into three phases: The first was learning and engaging to build knowledge. The second was developing to influence practices and policies that would help us get where we wanted to go. The third was embedding and leveraging to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity can be sustained over time.

After outlining the approach, I set off on the listening tour. I listened across this organization because, in this work, you have to give people a voice, as well as have alignment with the strategic goals and the mission, vision and values of the organization. We had to gain agreement and alignment on the definitions of diversity and inclusion. We have that alignment now, and it has enabled the changing of mindsets and behaviors.

Caulkins: Our culture has come a long way in a short period of time. Describe some of the things you’ve done over the past four years.

Blackmon: I believe that this work starts at the top of an organization. You have to have a CEO who is open and committed to embedding diversity and inclusion into the culture, but there’s still education that has to be done.

So we started with Carl. I told him I would love for him to take part in a program from an organization called White Men As Full Diversity Partners, which conducts labs and other education related to diversity and inclusion. At first, the name was a serious deterrent. But I kept asking. I went back to him several times and said, “Carl, you really have to do this to help the organization move the dial. I’m learning, and I need you to learn as well.” Finally, he said, “If you bring the consultant here, I’ll get 15 other white male leaders, and we’ll do it together.” And we did just that. He got our executive team and senior vice presidents to go through a three-day residential White Men’s Caucus to understand their role in this space and to discuss the impact of white male privilege and what that looks like. Carl has stated that he learned a lot about gender bias, racial and ethnic bias, unconscious biases and also white male privilege.

From there, I was able to expand the work of transforming the culture of the organization. As part of the educational process, you have to look within yourself to see how all your experiences and knowledge have shaped who you are today and how you see other people. It helps you to really open up and to listen and understand the perspectives of others and how their experiences may be different from yours.

In addition, we have engaged team members at all levels of authority in the organization in a multitude of educational activities to continue our journey and growth. We have Leadership Inclusion Summits, required diversity and inclusion workshops, community programs such as the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), etc. We have hosted podcasts and web chats that are safe spaces for team members to have facilitated dialogue on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In fact, we had one today where we talked about challenging topics, like systemic racism and the death of George Floyd and how that impacts our team members. We’ve even hosted a “blind spots” CEO Action for the organization so people could understand what their blind spots are. We also took the executive team on a bus tour of Charlotte, visiting areas where our most economically disadvantaged and at-risk community members live. There was no “aubergine” in those areas, and as a result of that tour, we have since opened physician clinics in those areas. Diversity, equity and inclusion are usually on the agenda for our Leader Retreats. In one retreat, we hosted the Pillsbury House Theatre group for a show titled Breaking Ice. This was a fun, customized, professional theater experience that helped our leaders better understand the world view of others and their own biases.

Caulkins: What does “remarkable” mean to you?

Blackmon: It’s patient-centered. So we listen to the voices of our patients. It’s affordable. So we take care of people who cannot afford to pay for their care. And it means you’re going to get the highest quality of care, no matter what. Health equity is about recognizing both the visible and less visible characteristics of diversity of people, understanding their unique needs and providing the best care for each of them.

Caulkins: Tell me about the people who have been impacted by the Hope for Remarkable Team Aubergine Fund. What has struck a chord with you to illustrate the importance of that fund?

Blackmon: I remember one story about a critical care nurse manager whose unit was converted to one conducting testing and treatment of COVID-19. At the same time, she is also the mother of a son who has special needs. She wanted to continue caring for patients and doing her job, but she also wanted to protect her son. Through the fund, we were able to pay for her to stay in a hotel while she served in the COVID unit. As a result, she was able to continue doing the work that she loves while keeping her family safe. That’s why this fund is so important.

The need is real, and we have front-line team members who are still in great need. Our communities, our businesses have not fully recovered from COVID-19, and the same is true for our team members who are at the bedside taking care of our friends and loved ones every single day.

Caulkins: On top of COVID-19, we are now facing another crisis related to social injustice. We’ve seen lots of organizations respond and take action. Tell us about Novant Health’s response.

Blackmon: It takes courage to take a stand as an organization. When Novant Health published our position on Black Lives Matter, that was courageous. We said we exist to save lives, all lives. We said we believe that Black lives matter. We said if society isn’t healthy, no one is healthy. And we said we have zero tolerance for racism, and I think it was very bold and very appropriate that we did that.

Caulkins: What do you feel we can look forward to in 2020?

Blackmon: As hard and sad as all this systemic racism is, it feels like there’s a movement to push us forward, to do more as people. My prayer and my hope is that this movement doesn’t stop. That’s something that keeps me up at night — that we’ll become complacent. People have said to me, “We’re good now. Can we stop?” And I say, “Stop what? When do people stop changing? When does the world stop?” At Novant Health, I know we’re not going to stop, no matter what.

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The power of food in a time of need

How one gift is pulling double duty, providing meals for front-line workers while supporting hard-hit local businesses

Good food brings people together. So does the mission of saving lives. Wallace & Graham PA has found an innovative way to combine the two while supporting local Salisbury restaurants. 

Since April 1, the Salisbury-based law practice has provided lunches for about 25 team members at the respiratory assessment center at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, where drive-by COVID-19 testing is being conducted. The meals have come primarily from small businesses in downtown Salisbury, such as Sidewalk Deli and Go Burrito.

“It certainly made sense that they not have to go out in the middle of their shifts and try to worry about what they’re eating or drinks or whatever they might need,” said Mona Lisa Wallace, a partner at Wallace & Graham. “We decided that this would be a wonderful project for us to support them — providing their meals during this time when they are giving so much of themselves, while also helping downtown Salisbury and the local restaurants who have been suffering financially because of COVID-19.”

The meals have been a welcome morale boost for the staff, who are performing dozens of tests a day in all kinds of weather conditions. Many are living away from home to avoid spreading the virus to their families. To date, their gift has totaled more than $10,000.

“This is a big stress reducer and an opportunity for team members to have levity and fun during their break,” said Rick Parker, executive director of the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “We really appreciate Wallace & Graham volunteering to do this.”

The firm has deep roots in Rowan County and with the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation. It also has a keen interest in medical screening in the community. “It’s always been a goal of ours to improve healthcare and to make it more affordable for people in this county,” Wallace said.

Notably, the firm and the Wallace family provided the lead gifts in the foundation’s ongoing capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art treatment center that consolidates all Novant Health Rowan Medical Center cancer services into one beautiful facility at a convenient location. The Wallace Cancer Institute, which is slated to open its doors in August, will provide leading-edge treatment and personalized, patient-centered care, particularly for women with breast cancer.

“The Wallace Cancer Institute is going to be a magnet for cancer treatment in our community, in that you can stay local and receive the best care in the country,” said Bill Graham, a partner at Wallace & Graham and chairman of the Rowan Medical Center Foundation Board. “Here, you’re going to be a name and a person, not a number.”

Lending a helping hand

A collaborative effort is bringing personal protective equipment to the team at Rowan Medical Center

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jessica Ramey’s first and most serious concern was around protecting her patients and her team.

Ramey works in infection prevention (IP) for Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, and the coronavirus presented a new and challenging reality.

“It’s not the virus itself; it’s having the things we need to protect our people. That, to me, was the scariest part,” Ramey said. “In infection prevention, we make sure that all team members, patients and visitors are all kept safe.”

To ensure that safety in an unprecedented time, Ramey had to think outside the box.

Ramey has a friend who works in healthcare in Washington State. When the pandemic hit and hospitals found themselves struggling to find personal protective equipment, Ramey’s friend started building her own face shields. She sent Ramey the schematics she had used, and Ramey got to work. She went to the craft store and bought what she needed to construct a few prototypes. In a short time, she’d built a few new face shields by hand, and they worked.

Ramey knew she was going to need more. She also knew she would need help. She found it in a group of volunteers at Memorial Baptist Church in Kannapolis.

The church had already delivered loads of snacks to front-line medical workers at Rowan Medical Center, but they wanted to do more. Ramey sent them the schematics and the supplies she’d purchased and gave them strict guidance on how to keep their manufacturing process safe for themselves and for the healthcare workers who would receive the face shields once they were complete.

“And they’ve been cranking out face shields ever since,” Ramey said. “We tried them here at Rowan Medical Center first to make sure they were safe, and it was really a blessing for us. The face shields help protect our masks and allow us to wear those masks longer. The team really values having them.”

At first, Ramey worried that her request would create too much work for the volunteers at Memorial Baptist Church. Little did she know, the church had been discussing its mission and looking for ways to support the community for more than a year.

“We wanted to be a place that was a blessing to our community with no strings attached,” said Rev. Jason Barber, pastor at Memorial Baptist Church. “We had been talking about, through various workshops and things I’d been teaching, what we wanted to be for our city in a way that was personal, ongoing and generous. Crises fast forwarded a lot of that conversation for us.”

The church decided healthcare workers needed their help, now.

“For us, the opportunity to partner up was an answer to prayer,” Barber said. “We don’t have the knowhow that these professionals have, but we wanted to do something that would be a real benefit in this battle. To be able to support and equip those front-line workers was a huge blessing for us.”

Now, they’ve produced so many face shields that Ramey has had to tell them to pause production. But Memorial Baptist Church isn’t stopping entirely. They continue to donate snacks and drinks to Rowan Medical Center, and Ramey ensures those gifts make it to every department in the hospital.

“You would be surprised what a water and a pack of crackers can do — just to know that people care and that they’re trying to make our days a little easier,” she said.

Now, Ramey is trying to do the same for them, in whatever ways she can. For instance, when the volunteers at the church called recently with a request for Ramey’s professional opinion, she immediately agreed.

“They’re trying to open up the church and host the first two Sundays outside, and they have a really awesome plan that I’ve helped them with to ensure everyone is safe and socially distant,” Ramey said. “Now they have a little infection prevention experience.”

And Ramey can shift her focus away from personal protective equipment and on to other areas within the hospital and beyond. For instance, she now hosts calls three times a week with long-term care facilities to offer feedback and assistance on infection prevention procedures.

“Their patients are our patients. We’re one community,” Ramey said. “Nursing homes don’t typically have an IP person. Now, we can give feedback, and hopefully that has strengthened our relationship with our long-term care facilities.”

All of that may seem above and beyond, but for Ramey, it’s business as usual. It started years ago, when she first joined Rowan Medical Center and made 300 cupcakes for the nursing team. And it continues now.

“You have to be a constant to people, especially in such a time of unknown,” Ramey said. “Of course there were days I went home in tears, like everybody, but I just knew that if I was panicked, everyone was going to be panicked. I love everybody here. I think they look to me to be that answer for them, and if I don’t know something, I’m going to find out for you.”

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Right place, wrong job

Debbie Daniels’ journey from accounts payable to critical care nurse on the front lines of COVID-19

Debbie Daniels has been part of Novant Health since she was 16 years old.

She started in accounts payable. Her mom worked in that department and helped get Daniels a part-time job that she kept through high school and as she went off to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In turns out, Daniels was in the right place but the wrong job.

By the time Daniels finished her freshman year of college, she was a certified nursing assistant. She got her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s in nursing administration. And while she’s still at Novant Health more than two decades later, her role looks very different than when she started. Now, she’s a critical care nurse manager at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

“I have a natural ability to take care of people,” said Daniels, who has spent 16 years working in the ICU. “As a leader, I’ve always wanted to be an advocate for the bedside, to make sure that nurses have a voice. I keep what’s important to them at the forefront of all the decisions that are being made.”

That’s never been more important than now, when critical care nurses are on the front lines of a global pandemic.

“It’s definitely been stressful. My team has experienced a lot of fear and anxiety. They’ve experienced a lot of joy. We’ve seen a lot of people get better, even people we didn’t think would get better,” Daniels said. “We’ve also experienced a lot of sadness. We’ve seen several deaths, and my team has worked through being there for the patients and for the families.”

In this new normal, Daniels has built her days around serving her team. She starts by meeting with her assistant nurse manager and her team lead, who collectively review staffing and the status of all current patients, as well as anything they know might be coming. Then, she rounds on the patients, but also on her team, checking in to see how everyone is holding up on any given day.

Patient care has always been the priority in the ICU, but with COVID-19 and a strict limitation on visitors, patient support now comes in a close second, Daniels said. One recent day, a nurse spent 45 minutes in the room with a patient, doing FaceTime calls with family and friends. Another nurse donated her own iPad to the ICU because she understood how important a video call can be for both patients and their families.

“We are taking the place of being there for the family, letting them know who is here with them so they know the patient is not alone,” she said.

While Daniels celebrates all the work being done inside the walls of the ICU, she won’t take credit for it. For her, it’s all about her team.

“I couldn’t have made it through this if it wasn’t for my team,” she said. “We’ve come together to work for the betterment of the entire situation. We’ve made our surge plans in case we get overwhelmed with patients. We’ve been training people from other departments. Seeing that has really been exciting because sometimes we get in our silos and we don’t understand each other’s work environment. I think this has given everyone a different perspective.”

That includes Daniels. She has come to realize that this experience will only benefit her as she continues to grow as a leader.

“If you can handle this, you can handle anything,” she said.

These days, Daniels can feel that daily life is once again different. The anxiety and stress have decreased as her team has fallen into the new habits of a new normal. She now wears a mask all the time, even when she’s not in front of patients. But one thing hasn’t changed. Even though the pandemic has brought challenges unlike any she’s ever experienced, she loves what she does.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything other than critical care nursing. I love it that much,” she said.

You can help support nurses like Debbie Daniels with a gift to the Hope for Remarkable Team Aubergine Fund.

Contributions to the fund provide front-line healthcare workers with the resources they need now so they can focus on the critical work of helping people and saving lives.

They’re giving everything they have to help us through an unprecedented time. Now, they need our help.

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Defying the odds

A life-saving gift from a man who wasn’t supposed to live past the age of 5

When Bradley Hill was born, doctors told his family he wouldn’t live past the age of 5.

He was born with spina bifida, a condition that occurs when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly in the womb. At birth, he also had a cleft palate and lip and hydrocephalus, more commonly referred to as water on the brain. His prognosis, doctors said, wasn’t good.

Since then, he’s had over 75 surgeries. He has a shunt in his brain and a rod in his back. But he has defied the odds: On Sunday, April 26, 2020, he turned 19 years old.

“He’s the sweetest boy ever with the best outlook on life,” said Sarah Sweatt, Hill’s cousin and a professor in the Department of Nursing at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.  

A motorized wheelchair takes him all over his family farm in Gold Hill, N.C. He loves to eat Frosties from Wendy’s and pureed bananas. He traveled to California to meet his idol, Steve Harvey. Last year, he graduated from high school, and his family hosted a big party, where he sang karaoke all night.

He’s the kind of guy who sings “Happy Birthday” — his favorite song — to total strangers when he learns it’s their special day. He’s also the kind of individual who donated his stockpile of medical supplies to help medical workers battling the COVID-19 crisis at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

“He likes helping people,” Sweatt said. “He was happy those supplies could be used instead of staying in storage.”

Although Hill has far surpassed expectations when it comes to his health, he still requires a great deal of medical care, so his family had large quantities of medical supplies on hand — some of which they knew they would not need and that would be better served protecting doctors and nurses on the front lines. The stockpile included boxes of sterile gloves and catheter kits that each contained a few pieces of personal protective equipment.

Sweatt also lives on the family farm, near Hill and his grandparents. She had already planned to deliver snacks to the nurses at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury — a gift coordinated through the Catawba College Nursing Department. When she learned about the contribution Hill wanted to make, she borrowed her husband’s truck and loaded it up with supplies, too.

“This pandemic is scary, and it’s overwhelming. I know a lot of the nurses working in the ICU and the COVID-19 units who are staying in campers, so they don’t expose their family members,” Sweatt said. “I have coworkers and friends who are on the front lines, and it’s got to be very difficult.”

Donations of personal protective equipment, like what Hill and his family were able to provide, make it easier for these front-line heroes to continue that work, while keeping themselves and their families safe. That’s what prompted Hill to act.

Apart from the donation, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t changed life all that much for Hill. Given some pre-existing lung issues and a compromised immune system, he is considered “high risk,” so even under normal circumstances, he does not leave home often.

He prefers to spend his days on the family farm, riding around in his grandfather’s truck or on the John Deere Gator. He collects keys to everything, all gathered in a gallon plastic bag, and can tell you what each one opens just by looking at it. His entire extended family lives on the same 200 acres of land — people in the community call it Hill Farm — where there are four ponds, goats and chickens to tend to, and no shortage of vehicles to ride around in.

Still, there are things he’s looking forward to on the other side of the pandemic.

“He can’t wait to go to church. Our church has probably 80 members. He’ll come down the aisle and light the candles. He used to sing in church,” Sweatt said, turning her attention to Hill. “I haven’t heard you sing lately, though. That’s going to be first on your list.”

He does have one outing to look forward to in the near future. Sweatt recently brought one of the family’s horses to a local nursing home and walked it through the parking lot as part of a parade of cars full of families trying to bring some joy to the residents.

“There were cars honking everywhere, and the residents were very grateful,” Sweatt said. “I told Bradley I’m going to take him next time I go.”

Bradley Hill is one of so many generous people who have heard the call to support our healthcare workers and responded.

You can make an impact, too, by making a gift to the Hope for Remarkable Team Aubergine Fund (formerly the Novant Health COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund).

Contributions to that fund allow us to provide everything from financial assistance to life-saving personal protective equipment to our workers on the front lines, and every dollar counts.

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How you can improve access to life-saving healthcare in the fight against the coronavirus

For our healthcare community and our world, it appears we have a long road ahead of us.

COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, has forced us into a fierce battle against its global spread, and healthcare professionals across the Novant Health system are on the front lines.

That’s why we need your support, now more than ever.

Novant Health foundations provide critical funds and resources across our network, which includes more than 1,600 physicians and over 28,000 team members who provide care at more than 640 locations. Last year, our team provided care to more than 4.4 million patients.

Our primary goal is to provide the lifesaving care our community needs, and we want to let you know we’re ready. We are working closely with state and local health officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to stay on top of this fast-moving situation. And we’re taking all precautionary measures to protect every member of our team.

The good news is, help has already begun to pour in. The David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation donated $1 million to Novant Health and Atrium Health. Novant Health foundations will receive $350,000 to support our team’s response to the pandemic across the state of North Carolina. Words alone cannot express our gratitude for such generosity.

And yet, in the coming days and weeks, we know we will need more. The impact of this disease is unprecedented, and we will need financial assistance to provide testing and medication to support patient care, as well as medical supplies and staff support to take care of our team members on the front lines. Their ability to care for our patients is critical, and we are committed to doing as much as possible to meet our team members’ needs.

Please stay safe and healthy. We will get through this crisis – together.

If there were ever a time to donate to our Novant Health foundations, it is now.

We are committed to helping our community every way we can, now and always, and we ask that you consider making a contribution today. Every dollar you donate helps us continue the important work of saving lives.

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New grants will give under- and uninsured Rowan County residents greater access to life-saving breast health services

Novant Health Imaging Julian Road uses a stereotactic biopsy table to perform a prone 3D stereotactic biopsy to detect breast cancer. Recent breast health grant awards will enable more patients to obtain screening and diagnostic services to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and mortality in Rowan County.

At Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, the Breast Health Services team has set an institution-wide goal to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and mortality. Now, the new year has brought them one step closer to that goal, thanks to new donations from several generous organizations.

Pfizer, the Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation and AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management awarded a total of $22,500 in grants to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation, which will fund no-cost mammography screening and diagnostic services for underinsured and uninsured Rowan County residents.

Those services will be available at Novant Health Imaging Julian Road and mobile mammography events throughout the county, where staff will provide screenings, breast health education and diagnostic services to qualified residents.

To learn more, contact Clinical Navigator Kimberly Robinson at 704-210-6908 or [email protected].