A Year of Remarkable Perseverance – and Hope

2020 Annual Report

Novant Health Presbyterian 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 note from

Jennifer Clifford

Chief Philanthropy Officer,
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation

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A few words from

Alex Funderburg

 Chairman, Board of Directors,
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation

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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
by Presbyterian 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 Presbyterian Medical Center team members in 2020, right here in our community.

‘You Fight for Gabriel.’

Gabe was born on Jan. 12, 2012, via emergency C-section. Stephanie saw him for the first time four days later in the NICU at Hemby Children’s Hospital.

‘When I come to work at Novant Health, they see a nurse. They don’t see a Black nurse’

When Angela Davis was 18 years old, she met a nurse who changed her life. She was living in Sumter, South Carolina, and had just given birth to her first child.

‘We’re here to help’

Kip Clark once delivered a baby in the front seat of a Honda Accord. When you work in public safety, stories like that are par for the course.

‘We’re beating this’

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.

‘Together, we can win this race’

When Judy Caswell was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in May 2016, she couldn’t believe it.

‘This is stage 3 rectal cancer, and I can do this’

“I only ever went to the doctor when absolutely necessary — for vaccinations or when I was pregnant,” Judy recalls. “I was always one who felt that my health was my responsibility. I ate well. I exercised and, usually, I never got anything more than a cold.”

‘This Is My Home.’

On Jan. 25, 2021, Grygorii was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt Lymphoma.

‘This is a human push’

From as early as she can remember, Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD, has wanted to be a doctor. Her inspiration stemmed from personal tragedy: She lost her father to encephalitis at the age of 2.

‘There’s always room to give back’

Since the global pandemic took hold in the U.S., there has been an outpouring of support for front-line healthcare workers. People have purchased pizzas for hospital staffers. They’ve made face masks by hand. They’ve written messages of gratitude and hope in sidewalk chalk.

‘She Was a Giver.’

The day before Ale Skinkle died, she paid a visit to the infusion center at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.

‘Our humanity is being challenged’

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.

‘One of the scariest things you can ever hear’

Rochelle Rivas is the mother of twin daughters, one of whom was born with a hole in her heart.

‘No time to waste’

Palmer Goforth, age 8. He has an older brother named Cameron and dog named Blue. He plays soccer with a travel club. His favorite animal is a wolf. And when it comes to his future, Palmer has big plans. 

‘Knowledge is power’

Breast cancer survivor Armanda O’Leary shares her story in hopes of inspiring others to provide mammograms to women in need.

‘I want to be part of the change’

Shannel Newton believes serving the community can change your life.

Your Gifts Create Profound Impact Across Our Community

On behalf of our entire team at Presbyterian 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.