A Year of Remarkable Perseverance – and Hope

2020 Annual Report

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

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Reflections on an Unprecedented Year

Read the letters below from Novant Health and foundation leadership as we look back on the heroism and hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team members braved every unexpected challenge with open hearts and ready hands, leading to extraordinary tales of problems solved, unforgettable moments, fearless resolve and lives transformed.

A letter from

Carl Armato

President and CEO,
Novant Health

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A letter from

Annette Knight

Chair, board of directors (2020),
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

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Portrait of Anne
A letter from

Ann Caulkins

Senior Vice President, Novant Health
President, Novant Health Foundation

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2020: A Year in Review


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2020 Annual Report

2020 Philanthropic Summary

Together, we fought a pandemic. Together, we gave hope. Together, we cared. Together, we grew. Together, we took a stand.

Novant Health Foundation

In addition to the community supporting our team, our team has supported one another once again through Giving. Serving. Together., our fundraising campaign for team members, despite the hardships of 2020. Team members gave more than $1.2 million to support each other and local nonprofits.

$ million
contributed by Novant Health team members to Novant Health Foundation in 2020
contributed by Forsyth team members to the campaign: Giving. Serving. Together.
by Novant Health team members to the Hope for Remarkable Team Aubergine Fund
Novant Health team members gave through the campaign to help those in need
given by Novant Health team members to support community needs through local nonprofits
Team member participation in Giving. Serving. Together. grew 13% compared to 2019
Novant Health team members gave to support team members negatively impacted by COVID-19

Celebrating Remarkable Stories

Join us in celebrating our healthcare heroes and the remarkable impact made by Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center team members in 2020, right here in our community.

‘You have to have a heart for the work’

The past two months have been the busiest of Heather Egan’s entire career. She’s always worked with nonprofits, raising the necessary funds to support their work and their mission. And she’s long been driven by passion.

‘When I’m there, Novant Health is there, too’

When you walk into the kitchen of Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center, you might find a cup of coffee, a cookie or a sandwich. But if James Blount is there, you’ll find something else when you need it most: a friend.

‘It always happened to someone else’

The first time Tammy Coulter was diagnosed with cancer, she had no signs or symptoms. A routine mammogram had turned up stage 0 ductal carcinoma — a cancer she couldn’t see or touch.

‘I went in for that mammogram, and I knew right away that something was up.’

Eight years ago, Susan Pfefferkorn went in for a routine mammogram at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Susan was no stranger to breast cancer. She’d lost a college friend to the disease back in the 1980s, and her mother had been diagnosed post-menopause. As a result, Susan had always been proactive.

‘I had no choice but to beat this.’

Dr. Patricia Flowers was religious about her mammograms. She had been since she turned 32. Then, in the summer of 2014, she found a lump in her breast. Her annual mammogram was just a few weeks away, but she decided to move it up.

‘A mammogram is the gift of life’

Karen Morning Roseboro, chief officer for choice and magnet schools for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, is celebrating four years as a breast cancer survivor, and her journey began with her first-ever mammogram at the age of 40.

When your health care provider lands you a new home

How Novant Health team members work to eradicate disparities.

Volunteering for front-line duty

“Every vaccine we give is a hope for a future — a future we want to ensure more people can share with their loved ones and friends.” — Angel Barber

The power of positivity

Optimism makes a huge difference in the lives of others.

The power of legacy – plan today to make a future impact

Sharon Harrington discusses her role at Novant Health Foundation and the profound impact of planned giving.

The magic of prevention: A different perspective from a different kind of survivor

In October, we talk a lot about breast cancer survivors. Patty Donoghue is a survivor of a different kind. She had a difficult childhood, part of which was spent in foster care. Her last years in high school put her through a lot. She managed to graduate, but from a nonaccredited children’s home.

She’s a volunteer. A cancer patient. And a friend.

A cancer survivor currently in treatment, Schaefer is one of 1,200 volunteers across the Novant Health system who do their best to make each patient’s morning, noon and night as beautiful as it can be.

She’ll Be Supporting Moms at New Kernersville Maternity Program

Night after night, 12-year-old Jessica Thornton watched the nurses in action. She spent a lot of time at her friend’s side as he recovered from surgery after surgery to address genetic complications.

She started in housekeeping. Now she’s almost a nurse.

Mobility program, a dictionary and endless grit got her on path to being an RN.

Retired Novant Health oncologist, Dr. Elms Allen and his wife, Harriet, receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Elms Allen and Mrs. Harriet Allen were recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Triad Chapter.

Your Gifts Create Profound Impact Across Our Community

On behalf of our entire team at Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, thank you. It is an honor to partner with you, our remarkable community of donors, to help ensure that remarkable care continues, during the global pandemic and beyond.

In 2021, we will work toward completing the many exciting projects currently underway that are expanding our footprint and enhancing our services. Thank you again for your support and your commitment. We couldn’t do what we do without you.