Together we make healthcare remarkable

Remarkable is the standard of care at each of the medical centers across the greater Charlotte area that Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation serves.

As this year unfolded, it presented us with a global health crisis, and we’ve proven our high standards hold true no matter what. Our team members have provided world-class care to patients while supporting each other in ways both large and small. It’s been an inspiration to see but not a surprise. This is who we are and what we do.

You, our donors, are a critical part of that work and equally inspirational. You have rallied around our front-line workers in this unprecedented crisis just as you do with any other initiative or project we take on — with your whole heart, your fullest support and your deepest commitment.

Your generous donations have allowed us to create our Children’s Trust Superheroes program, which celebrated its first anniversary on March 6, with an event that showcased our newest superhero, Cole Russell. We celebrated Cole and the trust’s ongoing work to provide remarkable care to all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

In January, the team from Kendra Scott, a national jewelry retailer with a strong presence in Charlotte, provided lunch to the pediatric intensive care unit staff at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. It was a way to show appreciation for the Hemby team’s care for the son of Arliss Day, Kendra Scott store manager, who passed away at the end of 2019. In February, we continued our relationship with the Charlotte Checkers at the annual Pink in the Rink hockey game, which raised funds for the Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center.

As we navigate this new normal, you continue to shine a light on the important work being done throughout our medical centers and to lend your time, energy and resources to ensure that it continues. That perspective and commitment will be critical as we look to the rest of 2020, which will bring its share of milestones. The new facility that will house the Novant Health Claudia W. and John M. Belk Heart & Vascular Institute, as well as the Novant Health Agnes B. and Edward I. Weisiger Cancer Institute, is slated to open this fall. At the same time, we will continue raising funds for the Hope for Remarkable Team Aubergine Fund, so we can continue to provide essential resources for those on the front lines of the pandemic.

Remarkable work begins with remarkable people, and we simply could not do what we do without your support. Thank you for everything you do for Novant Health, and I wish you a safe, healthy and productive rest of the year.


Jennifer Clifford
Chief development officer
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation

More ways the Novant Health Foundation team is impacting the Charlotte community

Celebrating the Novant Health Children’s Trust

On March 6, our donors, physicians, staff and friends gathered at the Duke Mansion for a breakfast hosted in honor of our Novant Health Children’s Trust Superheroes, as well as to celebrate the anniversary of this annual giving program that supports pediatric initiatives at Novant Health.

During this celebration, we announced our newest superhero, Cole Russell, who was also celebrating his birthday on March 6! We are grateful to all of our Superhero donors and look forward to sharing exciting pediatric updates and progress with each of you throughout the remainder of the year.

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Meet ‘the mayor of the PICU’ at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital

On June 26, 2019, 6-year-old Cole Joseph Russell got sick.

Things went from bad to worse fast, and Cole was rushed to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital, where doctors told his parents the boy would need emergency surgery.

To learn more and support the lifesaving work that happens at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital, visit

Grier’s Gallery

Grier’s Gallery relaunched last October at Hemby Children’s Hospital with the help of Novant Health Foundation board member Wendy Bilas and the child life staff. Grier’s Gallery mission is to normalize the hospital environment and facilitate some relief for parents and families by providing educational art experiences.

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After the most difficult day of their lives, the Day family is on a mission to support Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital

Their son’s name was Luke, but more often than not, his family didn’t call him that. The 1-year-old boy with the beautiful smile and joyful personality was better known as “sweet baby Luke.”

In December of last year, Luke had to be rushed to the emergency room at Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center and later transferred to Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. One moment, he had been laughing and dancing; the next, the family was watching Luke fight for his life.

To learn more about this remarkable family and Luke’s legacy, visit

Grants expand access to breast health services for low-income and uninsured patients throughout the Charlotte region

Last year, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation was awarded more than $275,000 in grants to support breast health services in Charlotte, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill markets. As a result, Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection (NHCPED) staff provided 986 low-income, uninsured participants with screening services at 48 community events and diagnosed 14 breast cancers.

Thanks to ongoing grant support from multiple funders, NHCPED team members can help more patients like Sandra, who do not have insurance and cannot afford preventive healthcare.

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Novant Health and Michael Jordan partner to improve access to comprehensive care in communities most in need

More than 150 community leaders, elected officials and area residents joined Novant Health team members, Michael Jordan and his family on Freedom Drive last fall to officially open a new medical clinic in west Charlotte, North Carolina.

“At Novant Health, we are deeply committed to caring for patients beyond our walls,” said Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health, at the grand opening. “This clinic will not only provide access to medical care for those who need it most, but it will connect them to resources to ensure their health extends beyond the doctor’s office. We are so grateful for Michael Jordan’s continued partnership and generous gift, which will transform thousands of lives in the west Charlotte community.”

To learn more about the remarkable care at the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, visit

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