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Celebrating our exceptional nurses



To celebrate National Nurses Week this year, we spotlighted eight inspiring nurses from throughout the Novant Health system. Each nurse was selected based on their dedication to providing remarkable care, and for going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Browse the stories below to learn more about these remarkable nurses. 


Finding a path forward

May 21, 2020

Around Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, most people know Sarah Farmer. She’s a local — born and raised in Brunswick — and a nurse. When Brunswick County natives come to the hospital, they will often ask for her.

Making #CLTStrong

May 20, 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, Caroline Elliott has raised more than $85,000 to feed front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19. It’s a campaign that has taken on a life of its own since its launch back in March, gaining momentum, attracting volunteers and making an impact.

On a mission to make a difference

May 18, 2020

It all started when her brother was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer most common among small children. At the time, she was 14. He was 6.

Taking action on the front lines of COVID-19

May 18, 2020

Melissa Morin doesn’t like to sit still. Over the course of her career in healthcare, that energy has been her signature, her specialty and her superpower.

‘Our humanity is being challenged’

May 12, 2020

A decade before the COVID-19 crisis, Alex Funderburg, chair of the board for the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, found himself on the front lines of a different and much more personal healthcare battle.

‘We’re beating this’

May 8, 2020

It sounded like a burglar alarm. Cindy Little was at her former church in Charleston, South Carolina, when she heard it. She wasn’t sure where it was coming from, but she knew something was up.

Finding purpose in a pandemic

May 8, 2020

The patient couldn’t breathe. He had come into the emergency room still able to speak. Then, all of a sudden, he was slipping in and out of consciousness. It all felt like a dream. But somewhere in that dream, he knew Amanda Chilton would do whatever it took to save him.

Right place, wrong job

May 8, 2020

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.

Infection prevention in the time of COVID-19

May 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have taken the world by storm in 2020, but Heather Ridge has been preparing for this moment her entire career.

‘Leaders are made in moments like this’

May 5, 2020

When you ask Rob Stumbo about the most poignant moment in his nursing career, he takes you back to 2018, when he was standing on the helipad of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in the hours immediately after Hurricane Florence had battered the surrounding community.

For newly minted nurse Savannah Hayes, COVID-19 is a ‘baptism by fire’

April 16, 2020

On Good Friday, Savannah Hayes drove into work at the COVID-19 screening center at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center with a basket of eggs in the seat next to her.

Caring for those who care for us

April 15, 2020

What happens when a critical care nurse on the front lines of COVID-19 is also a mother to a son with special needs.

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Thank You, Nurses!

Thank you to all of our nurses, and all of our healthcare professionals, who are suiting up every day ready for battle, rising up as heroes to serve our communities in their time of greatest need.