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Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Presbyterian Rehabilitation Center Matthews assisted the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the development of a public service campaign for veterans. The 60-second public service announcement was filmed over a two-day period at Matthews Medical Center. The video is part of a larger campaign promoting the Veterans Crisis Line and suicide prevention. And while it does not promote Novant, our staff were deeply honored to assist and demonstrate their support for those who serve our country. You can view the video at http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp and click the video at the bottom of the page or http://www.youtube.com/user/VeteransHealthAdmin?ob=5#p/u/5/TrRk4Qrrtdo.

Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown was named Charlotte Woman of the Year, joining an elite group of only 63 women who have been recognized in the award's 55-year history. She serves as vice president of community and business partnerships for Novant Health. The annual award is sponsored by several Charlotte organizations.

Novant donated a vehicle to the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) to create a clinic on wheels. Called Rams Know HOW (Healthcare on Wheels), the program brings preventive health education and screenings to uninsured and underserved residents of Winston-Salem. Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center also donated $300,000 to the project to support operational needs. The mobile clinic is managed by nurses in collaboration with physicians; WSSU Health Sciences students and faculty provide the services.

Thanks to a partnership between the Presbyterian Medical Center Community Care Cruiser and Charlotte Community Health Clinic (CCHC), uninsured children in Charlotte now have a new medical home. CCHC opened a new pediatric clinic after having mainly served uninsured adults in Charlotte over the years. The clinic has long recognized the need for pediatric services but it wasn't until the Cruiser - a mobile health clinic for underserved youth - began serving patients that leaders realized that kids were dramatically underserved. The Cruiser team discovered their young patients required more acute care and had no other place to turn for a medical home. The new pediatric clinic will help provide the continuum of care and fill a void in the community.

Kathie Johnson, president of Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, was named a recipient of the Triad's 2010 Woman Extraordinaire award presented by Business Leader magazine. She was recognized for professional excellence, dynamic leadership and contributing to the quality of life in the Triad.

Carolina Parenting magazine named Novant Health to the Family-Friendly 50 Companies list for 2010. This is the 11th year in a row that Novant has been recognized for offering family friendly benefits and emphasizing a work life balance environment for employees.

Novant's coffee table book of remarkable staff and their stories received two national honors: gold awards from the Aster Awards Program and from Healthcare Marketing Report.