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Avery Hall

Avery Hall smiles when he talks about his happy childhood in the small town of Gainesville, Georgia, where his mother made the best of limited means while insisting her children develop the values and habits to be successful. “We lived in public housing, but life was good because we had faith in ourselves and compassion for others,” he said. “That’s how I approach my philanthropy today. I’m truly excited to be involved with Novant Health Foundation’s commitment to healthcare quality and access for all people.”

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Wilmington’s First Community Care Cruiser Takes to the Streets

“Keep your eyes peeled for the big, purple bus – it’s like a big, purple hug.”

That’s advice from Elizabeth Forte, the transcultural health manager at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, on how to spot Wilmington’s first Community Care Cruiser. The cruiser is a 38-foot mobile health unit that will help to bring health care to community members right where they are, creating a new avenue of care for those who need it.

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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.

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She’s Helping Expectant Moms Find the Prenatal Care They Need

Novant Health is taking big steps to help close the disparity gap in maternal and infant health for minorities – and Kimberly Cifuentes is helping to pave the way. Working as a health educator in Charlotte since August, she’s striving to get pregnant women the early and adequate prenatal care they need. And deserve.

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He Had a 1 to 2% Chance of Survival. But the ICU Team Would Not Give Up.

At 77, Nick Rizos was a local legend in Kernersville. The patriarch of a close-knit Greek family had immigrated to the U.S in his 20s seeking greater opportunities. He opened his first Olympic Family Restaurant in Kernersville in 1979. Rizos cooked, managed the business and loved talking with customers, especially about sports. He was an inspiration to his daughter Zoe, who worked in his diners growing up and now owns two restaurants of her own. 

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20 Years of Caring for Kids in Charlotte – When They Need It Most

When the Novant Health pediatrics emergency room in Charlotte opened on July 27, 2003, Dr. Sara Steelman, a Midwesterner who’d moved to the South for this job, was there to work the very first shift in Charlotte’s first pediatric ER. 

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A 10-year-old girl takes on cancer: ‘You just gotta do it.’

Family foundation pays it forward with a $500,000 gift to Hemby Children’s Hospital.

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New Hanover hospital team saved college student’s life. Now she wants to join them.

After COVID nearly killed her, freshman switched career plans to study respiratory therapy

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Cancer survivor pays-it-forward with gift of virtual reality headsets

At the Novant Health Wallace Cancer Institute in Salisbury, patients using virtual reality headsets have a new way to help them through infusion treatments and diagnostic imaging.

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Marathoner Did Not Let Colorectal Cancer Knock Her Off Her Path

Today, she’s helping the Novant Health Foundation help others.

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She Survived Breast Cancer. Now She’s Advocating for Others.

‘You’re going to be OK.’

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