Business Roundup: Rowan Medical Center’s teaching agreement topic of Chamber breakfast

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership breakfast April 16 will feature two doctors discussing Novant Health Rowan Medical Center’s new teaching hospital agreement with Campbell University.

The agreement will bring 22 third year medical school students to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center later this year and grow to include 44 third and fourth year Campbell University students in following years.

The Campbell University speakers will be Dr. Dennis Agostini and Dr. Brian Kessler. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center is the title sponsor for the event.

The breakfast is at Trinity Oaks and begins at 7:30 a.m.

Agostini is the regional associate dean and professor of biochemistry and emergency medicine at Campbell University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. and a Ph.D in polymer chemistry in 1971 at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1978 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kessler is the associate dean for Clinical Affairs at Campbell University. He is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is the former chief academic officer at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.

The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Reservation deadline is April 14 by 5 p.m.

Trinity Oaks golf tournament 

Trinity Oaks will host its 9th annual golf tournament May 15 at The Crescent Golf Club in Salisbury. The tournament is a fundraiser, with proceeds going toward adding outdoor amenities on the Trinity Oaks campus.

The entry free is $75, and the tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Golfers may enter as individuals, or groups of four may enter as teams.

Golfers may purchase tickets at the beginning of the tournament to participate in craft beer tasting on odd-numbered holes. There will be a Hole-in-One contest to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. A light lunch will be provided; dinner will follow the tournament with music and an awards ceremony.

Sponsorships are available. For more information, call Ann Pressly at Trinity Oaks senior living community at 704-603-9204 or email her at

Cotton honored by Farm Bureau

Lindsay Cotton, Rowan County Agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, was named among the Top 10 Rookie Agents for 2014 for Farm Bureau in North Carolina.

Cotton was selected for this honor based on her outstanding sales and service record for multi‑lines of insurance during 2014. North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Company has nearly 45 Rookie Agents across the state.

The announcement was made at the Annual Sales Conference of the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies held in Greensboro on March 8 and 9.



Realtors discuss healthcare

The Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors partnered with the Central Carolina Association of Realtors of Concord for their March meeting, which was hosted by Carolinas HealthCare System. This year’s annual collaborative meeting was titled “2015 Realtors and Community Partner Meeting: The Future is Now.”

During the luncheon, the group was addressed by Phyllis Wingate, Carolinas HealthCare System Division president, along with Sherry Wilson Boyd, Community Relations for Carolinas HealthCare System. Boyd introduced speakers who educated the group about the technological and communication advances made by the organization. Now available, even on mobile devices, are “virtual” urgent care visits, email with doctors, access to your own chart, list of prescriptions & lab results. A mental health initiative is also underway.

Carolinas HealthCare System views Realtors as the face of the community to newcomers and acknowledges the importance of local Realtors having up-to-date information about medical services available in the areas they serve.

The event was held at the Webb Road Event Center.