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Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation: Wallace Cancer Center

Cancer care has a new home

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center has always been on the forefront of improving quality of life in our community by offering a remarkable patient experience. There is a new opportunity to transform the healthcare landscape for generations to come. An opportunity that will improve patient care and focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, research, and making it easier for the patient to receive services. Once completed, the Wallace Cancer Center will contain all current cancer services in one convenient location.

Help make a difference

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation has launched a $12 million Capital Campaign, to support the construction of a state-of-the-art cancer center. The center will tackle some of the most difficult and complicated medical challenges today, as well as be prepared to face issues that will confront our region tomorrow. The Wallace Cancer Center will profoundly impact patient quality of life by personalizing patient-centered care, improving accessibility, increasing affordability, enhancing care coordination and providing leading-edge treatment. Donate to the campaign

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Wallace Cancer Center

Impacting patients’ quality of life

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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 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.


Making patients’ experiences remarkable

As we celebrate National Healthcare Week (which is the name for National Hospital Week here at Novant Health), here are a few stories we are honored to share that illustrate our team members’ compassion and commitment to teamwork and personal excellence:

  • Mom Heather Haaland reached out to tell us about a connection she felt with an emergency department nurse at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. While at home one night, one of her sons, 2-year-old Brooks, lost his balance and hit his head on a side table. Heather rushed him to the emergency room, where registered nurse Bobby Thames – also a mom who raised a son, now grown – reassured Heather that mishaps will happen. Bobby’s kind words made Heather feel at ease, and not judged.

“She was super sweet,” Heather said about Bobby. “When your kid gets hurt or upset or sad, you feel like you failed as a mom. It was comforting to hear from her.”


  • A team at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center showed a commitment to patients that extends all the way to the parking lot. A patient called to share how he was so ill he couldn’t get out of the car. Someone came and carried him from the vehicle. Once inside, the man said the remarkable level of care continued. The demonstration of teamwork and compassion was especially important to this patient, who works in the region during the week and doesn’t have family members nearby to help.

  • Novant Health Sleep Medicine and Sleep Center locations in the greater Charlotte market hosted a birthday party for kids at Safe Alliance shelter, a shelter for women and families who are victims of domestic violence. Team members donated to provide treat bags, crafts, cookies, cupcakes and more.


  • Certified nursing assistant Darlene Jackson has worked at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center since 1980. She describes her job this way: I am whatever you need me to be.I’m your help to the bathroom. If you are having a hard day, I’m your shoulder to lean or cry on. A wife of a patient sent Darlene roses because she took such good care of her husband. Darlene is a 2018 Mark winner, our program launched last year to recognize team members’ passion in serving our organization and our patients.


  • We heard from one of our own nurse team members about the importance of a key nursing care imperative: bedside reporting, which includes the patient and family in conversations during the handoff of care between nurses. Our team member’s mother was hospitalized at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. The family member was right there when it came time for discussions on upcoming treatment or how mom fared during the night. “I have never been more impressed with the care my mother received on that floor,” said our nurse. “I have addressed my care to reflect the warmth we felt and received.”

If you would like to share your own remarkable story, please click here


Rowan-Salisbury high schools come together for the community

SALISBURY, N.C. Nov. 15, 2017 ― Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation partnered with Rowan-Salisbury area high schools to host the second annual King of the Court, a junior and senior all-male volleyball fundraiser. Together, the six area high schools raised over $5,500. All proceeds will be donated to the hospital foundation in support of its breast health fund which covers the cost of mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women who are uninsured or underinsured.

“As an East Rowan alumna and native of Rowan County, I love seeing this type of partnership with the hospital and our school district,” said Kristen Trexler, development manager of Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “We are two large organizations within the community that can do so many great things together!”

The King of the Court fundraiser occurs annually in October in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. Each high school picks a junior and senior team of six to eight players who compete at a championship tournament. The 2017 tournament took place Nov. 8 at West Rowan High School. Winners this year are the South Rowan junior team and the South Rowan senior team. Players on these two teams will receive a Go Burrito party sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation and will also be recognized at an upcoming hospital foundation board meeting.

The high schools also hosted additional fundraisers throughout the month of October such as “Paint the Schools Pink,” where students sold pink ribbons. The school that raised the most money receives a “Bragging Rights” trophy. The 2017 Bragging Rights trophy went to East Rowan High School for raising $3,300.


To donate to the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation, click here.

Inaugural Harvesting Hope raises more than $20,000

Our Inaugural Harvesting Hope on November 4th at Patterson Farm raised more than $20,000. This event was held in honor and memory of Ralph W. Ketner and was hosted by his children, Robert and Linda. All proceeds benefit Novant Health Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care. Guests enjoyed a day of family fun on the farm with featured entertainer Darrell Harwood, sponsored by Powles Staton Funeral Home and Carolina Cremation.


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:  Robert and Linda Ketner

Entertainment Sponsor:  Powles Staton Funeral Home and Carolina Cremation


Harvest Sponsors:

Deano’s Barbecue

Rick & Janet Parker


Planter Sponsors:

Summersett Funeral Home & Cremation Center

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Lutheran Services Carolinas and Trinity Oaks


Crop Sponsors:

Deborah Martin

Dr. Chet Amin

Air One Industries, Inc.

Godley’s Garden Center & Nursery


Seedling Sponsors:

Fine Frame Gallery

Laurels of Salisbury

Tommie & Susan Waller

Kellye Reed


Thank you to the volunteers that made this day a success! If you would like to help support the foundation or donate to Novant Health Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, click here.

3rd annual Bras for a Cause for Rowan Medical Center

Rowan Medical Center – October 2017

The Rowan Medical Center Foundation hosted its 3rd annual Bras for a Cause in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Departments within the hospital had the opportunity to submit one creative, catchy, original bra to be judged by fellow team members. Decorated bras were completed and turned into the foundation by October 20.  During the week of October 30th, bras were displayed in the lobby and team members had the chance to vote on their favorite bra. Check out all submissions turned in by departments and their themes. The top 3 winning bras are on display at 3 Jem’s boutique in Downtown Salisbury.

  • Guest Services – “Treasure your Chest” – 3rd place
  • Breast Center – “Hello Kitty”
  • Administration – “Save the Ghouls”
  • Wilson Smith Outpatient Services – “Thang 1 and Thang 2”
  • Lab – “A bra is like a good friend” – 2nd place
  • Family Care Center – “Pencil in your appt and erase breast cancer”
  • Public Safety – “Shine the lights on breast cancer”
  • Radiology Oncology – “Fab-BOOB-lous” – 1st place
  • Foundation/Social Responsibility/Grants – “Combat breast cancer”

Bras for a Cause raised $200.  All donations went to the foundation’s Breast Health fund.  This fund exists for women in underserved communities to have access to breast health services. The fund covers mammograms (2D or 3D), diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds.

To help support the foundation’s Breast Health fund, click here.


Paint the Town Pink this October in Rowan County

For the third year, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation is teaming up with local city and county offices, businesses, and community members in Rowan County to Paint the Town Pink with pink ribbons during the month of October for breast cancer awareness. The community is invited to support the initiative by purchasing a pink ribbon for $1.00 in honor of a loved one.

Paint the Town Pink is organized by the hospital foundation as a community-wide effort designed to make a difference in the lives of Rowan County women by raising awareness of the importance of mammograms.

“By participating in the “Paint the Town Pink” campaign, each town helps to raise awareness for the importance of early detection of breast cancer and encourages community involvement,” said Rick Parker, director of Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “Every dollar raised will go towards supporting breast health in our community.”

During the month of October, anyone who visits local businesses who support “Paint the Town Pink” can purchase a pink ribbon for one dollar that supports awareness and raises money to provide mammograms to local women in need. Ribbons will then be taped to store fronts. Pink ribbons can be purchased at participating stores in Downtown Salisbury, China Grove, and Granite Quarry.

Over the past two years, funds raised through this initiative have helped Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation purchase the first 3D mammography scanner for the Breast Center on Julian Road. This year, all funds raised will go to the foundation’s Breast Health Fund which covers the cost of mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women who are uninsured or underinsured.


For more information about “Paint the Town Pink” or to sell ribbons, contact Kristen Trexler, manager of program development for Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation at 704-210-5638.