Biz briefs: Shelter Guardians group forms partnership with Novant

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 5, 2017

SALISBURY — Shelter Guardians, the nonprofit formed to support the care of dogs and cats at the Rowan County Animal Shelter, recently joined a partnership with Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Shelter Guardians has been accepted to receive expired or surplus surgery and medical supplies from the hospital. This will be huge help to the shelter’s program to spay and neuter animals before they leave the shelter, according to Nina Dix, president of Shelter Guardians.

“This will in turn decrease the number of unwanted homeless animals in Rowan County,” Dix said. “And, at the same time, Novant’s donation through Shelter Guardians will be an ongoing cost savings to taxpayers in money that would have been needed to purchase necessary surgery supplies.”

Working with privately donated funds over the past year, Shelter Guardians has contributed a $95,000 surgery and intake addition to the shelter, a heated surgery table and light, surgery and medical equipment, medicines, surgery supplies, $5,700 in surgical instruments, a live C-arm x-ray machine and much more for the shelter’s health care program and the upcoming spay/neuter program.

Dix said Shelter Guardians was very excited to announce the new partnership with Novant that will further support these programs and raise the level of care the shelter staff can provide for the animals.

“If you are an animal lover, a Rowan County taxpayer, or both, please join Shelter Guardians in saying ‘thank you’ to Novant Hospital for their generous support of our county’s homeless shelter animals,” Dix said. “And please give special heartfelt thanks to animal lover and Novant President Dari Caldwell, Supply Chain Manager Bill Easterling and Shay Collins at the Mocksville Warehouse.

“Great things will happen when we all commit to working together!”

For more information, contact Nina Dix at Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Shelter Guardians, PO Box 1934, Salisbury, NC, 28145. or by PayPal to


Food Lion features limited-edition citrus products through March 21

SALISBURY —  Food Lion is offering a new assortment of private-brand citrus products for the lead-up to spring.

This is the first time the supermarket chain has launched these special citrus flavors for its store brands, which are available now until March 21, or while supplies last.

Spring begins March 20.

The citrus-flavored items includes:
• Lemon-n-Cream pretzels
• Lemon pepper turkey breast
• Taste of Inspirations Sparkling Water in limoncello, mimosa and lime mint flavors
• Taste of Inspirations Blood Orange Ginger Bread
• Margarita lime tortilla chips
• Citrus green herbal tea
• Lemon blueberry pancake mix
• Lemon cheesecake
• Ice pops – multi citrus flavored
• Honey citrus marinade

For citrus recipes and ideas, visit

Biernacki opens law office

Karen S. Biernacki has opened a law office in Salisbury located at 116 N. Main St.  It will be a general practice but will concentrate in the areas of domestic/family law, criminal defense and civil litigation. Biernacki was a 20-year prosecutor in Rowan and Davie counties, with extensive trial and courtroom experience.

Additionally, she will have an office in Mocksville, located at 136 N. Main St. Her office phone number is 980-432-3494.


Novant Health Rowan Medical Center adds new mobile coach with 3-D mammography

SALISBURY – Novant Health Rowan Medical Center is the first facility at Novant Health to have a mobile coach outfitted with 3-D mammography. The vehicle is currently being customized and will be ready for use late spring 2017.

The mobile coach offers women in the Rowan County area another type of mammogram screening. 3-D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, provides advanced imaging that can detect the smallest potential breast cancer. Increased precision means less anxiety and fewer follow-up procedures.

The 39-foot-long coach is built by Winnebago and staffed by trained mammography technicians. The vehicle is completely self-contained with its own generator and requires nothing more than a safe location where it can park to provide screenings. The mobile mammography coach will visit workplaces and other locations throughout Rowan County and surrounding areas.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death in women, and 3-D mammography can help combat that statistic. This advanced technology detects about 40 percent more invasive breast cancers than traditional two-dimensional mammograms.

The Cannon Foundation and Charitable Trust awarded the Novant Health Foundation Rowan Medical Center $323,000 to purchase the custom-built coach. The foundation raised the remaining funds needed.

For more information or if you would like to schedule a mobile coach visit, call Sheron Singleton-Sewell at 336-397-6269 or Eulalia Taylor at 704-210-6945

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