Philip L. Van Every Foundation donates $100,000 for Wallace Cancer Institute

Published 12:01 am Friday, April 17, 2020

SALISBURY —  The Novant Health Rowan Medical Center  Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Philip L. Van Every Foundation.

Funding will support the new Wallace Cancer Institute, which is to open in August. The institute will serve patients with research-based health solutions delivered through multiple medical disciplines, nurse navigation, state-of-the-art equipment and clinical trials.

Novant Health Foundation staff launched a $12 million capital campaign in 2018, with   corporate leadership investing an additional $12 million to support Wallace Cancer Institute construction. To date, the capital campaign has raised more than $11 million and is at 93% of the $12 million goal.

“With patient-centered care, accessibility, affordability, care coordination and leading-edge treatment close to home, the Wallace Cancer Institute will increase patient satisfaction, lower health care costs and decrease cancer-related mortality,” said Rick Parker, NHRMC Foundation executive director. “The Philip L. Van Every Foundation’s generous support helps ensure that every individual in the NHRMC service area has access to quality care in the fight against cancer.”

Parker points to studies that demonstrate that treating patients in a single setting can reduce health care costs dramatically. In terms of cost effectiveness, the Wallace Cancer Institute is designed to be energy, water and waste efficient.

“Not only will the institute be energy efficient and employ cutting-edge technology, it will double the number of cancer patients NHRMC can treat annually,” Parker said. “The institute will enable staff to deliver the most remarkable patient experience to each of them. Partnership with the Philip L. Van Every Foundation will truly help NHRMC fulfill its vision to improve the health of Rowan County and surrounding communities, one person at a time.”

The Philip L. Van Every Foundation was founded in 1961 and enriches the lives of North and South Carolinians through support of nonprofit organizations. As the former president/chief executive officer of Lance, Inc., and mayor of Charlotte, Van Every had a passion for quality education, proper healthcare, rehabilitation, community service and the cultural arts. To date, the foundation has donated more than $47 million.

For more information about the Wallace Cancer Institute, visit