Category Archives: Rowan

A team of guardian angels makes a big difference

When a patient is transferred to hospice care, a new journey begins. Patients, caregivers and family members are often frightened and exhausted, both emotionally and physically. They don’t know what to expect and can feel lost. As a daughter and her mother (who wish to remain anonymous) found out, it is a time when receiving the right kind of support and care can make all the difference.

“By the time my mother and I contacted hospice, we were desperate for help! We weren’t sure what to expect. From the moment the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Hospice Team entered our home, they gave both my mother and me great physical, emotional, and spiritual care”

According to the daughter, the hospice care team at Novant Health went above and beyond to provide the care and support that helped bring peace and comfort to her family, at a time when they really needed it.

“The extra attention they provided enabled me to better care for my mother with less stress and more confidence.”

Inspired by the team, and in memory of her mother, she donated to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “In honor of Lisa Williams RN, Karen McAbee RN, Kelly Woods-Medlin CNA, Julie Caldwell RN, and the Triage Nurses, I hope these gifts express how appreciated, valued, and loved these Guardian Angels are”.

A ceremony will be held during which all the medical professionals mentioned above will receive a Guardian Angel pin to commemorate their incredible compassion, dedication and hard work.

Grateful patients program

Gifts from grateful patients help Novant Health achieve its mission of improving the health of our community, while also honoring the medical team that provides remarkable care.​ For more information about the Guardian Angel program at Novant Health Foundation, please visit

Whitehead Stokes Society 9th annual dinner

On April 9, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation hosted their ninth annual Whitehead-Stokes Society dinner at the Country Club of Salisbury. More than 80 members were in attendance for this year’s dinner. 

Whitehead-Stokes Society dinner

Dr. Gavin Misner described what it is like to be a surgeon taking care of a patient with cancer. Julianne Goodman, speaking on behalf of her mother-in-law Mary Goodman, described her most recent treatment following her breast cancer diagnosis.

The Whitehead-Stokes Society was created to recognize community supporters who made cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more the previous fiscal year. This year we have a total of 184 couples/individuals that are members of the Whitehead Stokes Society.    

Norvells generously donate 100% of book proceeds

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation receives proceeds from book sale to support infant services

New mothers and their babies at the Women’s and Children’s Center at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center will rest a little more comfortably, thanks to a donation of $4,320 from the sale of a book written by Salisbury residents, Elizabeth and Owen Norvell. The Norvell’s generously donated 100% of the proceeds of their book to benefit both Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation and Piedmont Players Theatre Youth Productions.

Chef Santos – The Chef, His Story and His Recipes is the Norvell’s first book. Elizabeth and Owen have enjoyed dining at the Italian restaurant Goodfellows for years, where they met the owner Chef Santos. “We found Chef Santos and his stories so interesting that we felt compelled to share them with others,” explained the Norvells. “We feel fortunate to have gotten to know Santos. His generosity and gratitude towards people in general, are qualities we were drawn to… we felt honored he wanted to share his recipes, because -apparently- he has never shared them before.”

The Norvells intended on putting funds from the book back into the restaurant, however Chef Santos insisted the money be evenly donated to two local nonprofits that benefited children. The proceeds from the book to the hospital foundation will be used to purchase several HALO® Bassinest™ swivel sleepers for the Women’s and Children’s Center. With its innovative design, the swiveling bassinet makes it easier for mom to tend to her newborn’s needs such as ‘skin to skin’ bonding, breastfeeding and diaper changing, directly from her hospital bed.

“We are grateful to the Norvells and Chef Santos for their generous contributions,” said Rick Parker, executive director of the Rowan Medical Center Foundation. “Rowan Medical Center is committed to providing access to world-class care right here in our community, and they are helping us fulfill this mission.”

For more information on the foundation, please call 704-210-6880 or email Rick Parker at

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation: Wallace Cancer Center

Cancer care has a new home

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

Help make a difference

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

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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.

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Naming ceremony

The naming ceremony for the Wallace Cancer Center was held on September 19, 2018. Read more about the naming ceremony in the Salisbury Post.

Click above to view more photos from the naming ceremony.

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

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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.


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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.