CHF News Spring 2021









Both of these ladies impacted our

Foundation and hospital, Atrium Health

Cabarrus, through their commitment

and dedication.

Walk 2 Win fighting childhood

obesity one step at a time

2021 Nursing Excellence

Awards celebrates our Amazing

Nurses during National Nurses


1942 Club - The Alumni

Association for Cabarrus College of

Health Sciences





This spring, we held two special ceremonies to

honor the memories of two impactful women who

we lost way too soon. Both of these ladies impacted

our Foundation and

hospital, Atrium Health

Cabarrus, through

their commitment

and dedication. The

families of both Margie

Campbell and Rose

Liberto joined us as we dedicated the special

areas at Atrium Health Cabarrus as means to

provide health, hope and healing to patients,

teammates and visitors to our campus.

In January of 2019, we lost our dear friend

Margie Campbell; she also played a vital role

in the success of our Foundation after joining

the board in 2011. On Friday, April 16th, we

dedicated the Margie Campbell Healing

Garden in her memory. The garden is located

in front of our Heart and Vascular Center at

the main entrance of Atrium Health Cabarrus.

This garden provides a serene space for

patients, families and staff to get some fresh

“Many seeking medical care

in our community face very

serious medical conditions

– and that takes its toll on

both the patient and their

family. It is our hope that

the Garden can add just a

bit of peace and serenity to

those waiting on procedures

for their own loved ones. In

addition to the Garden itself

bringing a sense of calm, we

hope the Garden is a symbol

of the efforts made to raise

awareness and funds to

ensure that those patients

are receiving the very best

that our community has to

offer at this time.”

- Katie Campbell

air and recharge during their time at the hospital. Margie’s husband Jimmy

and daughters, Brittany and Katie, joined us during this special ceremony.

In addition to the dedication of the Margie Campbell Healing Garden, we

raised $150,000 for Cardiac Services and Cancer Services at Atrium Health

Cabarrus. Both areas have great meaning to her family because of Margie’s

courageous fight during her treatment and in the years that followed.

In May of 2020, we lost

Rose Liberto, who was

known as a nurse to

most of us but a friend

to everyone. Rose

worked on the medical

surgical unit and passed

away from COVID-19

at the tender age of

64. Family gathered by

phone, and dozens of co-workers prayed and waited outside the ICU with

candles and roses. Rose was known and loved by many. Rose overcame

so much during her life whether it was surviving Hurricane Katrina or

beating cancer. When the pandemic began last year, Rose was determined

she wasn't giving up on her hospital colleagues and patients. We were

all saddened to learn that during the pandemic, COVID took our ray of

sunshine away in person but not in spirit.




This year we kicked off two new campaigns to

recognize our amazing doctors and nurses at

Atrium Health Cabarrus. To celebrate National

Doctor’s Day in March and National Nurses

Month in May we created these two campaigns to allow our donors to

recognize many of these heroes for their tremendous dedication and hard

work they have given and provided to our community this past year.

We would like to thank our donors for their

tremendous support during our 2021 “I Love My

Doctor” and “We Love Our Nurses” Campaigns.

We were overwhelmed with all the submissions

we received as our community honored their

favorite doctors and nurses. During such a

difficult past year, as our world faced the

COVID-19 pandemic, our community responded

by letting us know how amazing our Atrium Health Cabarrus teams have

been and continue to be.

It was the Foundation’s pleasure to host these special first annual “I Love My

Doctor” and “We Love Our Nurses” Campaigns. We look forward to hosting

these Campaigns every year and appreciate the kind words you shared with

us about the best doctors and nurses in our community!



Are you looking for a summer challenge? Join us on June 19, 2021 for the

first Walking Only event, Walk 2 WIN. Walk 2 Win is a 2-mile walk around

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Atrium Health Ballpark and downtown Kannapolis. You will even end your

walk crossing homeplate. We are thrilled to partner with our presenting

sponsor, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, to bring this unique event to

Cabarrus County. This event is great for all ages and all walkers from

beginning to advanced.

Register at and join us when Walk 2 WIN

takes place with staggered starting times beginning at 8:30am! Let’s all

get in some steps for Walk Cabarrus and move closer to the 2 Billion step

goal for 2021. All proceeds from this event go to support Children WIN, an

initiative to combat childhood obesity and proudly supported by Cabarrus

Healthcare Foundation.




We would like to welcome our new leaders in the Emergency Department

at Atrium Health Cabarrus and in our two free-standing Emergency

Departments in Kannapolis and Harrisburg.

DUSTIN BASS, MHA BSN RN CEN NE-BC, is our new Assistant Vice President

of Emergency Services at Cabarrus, Kannapolis and Harrisburg. Dustin began

his new role in March 2021.

KIM LANGLEY, MSN RN CEN, is our new Nurse Manager of the Emergency

Department at Atrium Health Cabarrus.

TERESA DAVIS, MSN RN CEN CNML, is our Interim Nurse Manager for the

free-standing Emergency Department in Kannapolis and Harrisburg.

Dustin Bass Kim Langley Teresa Davis







This past year has been one of the most difficult years for our healthcare

workers. Our nurses have shown a lot of resilience, determination and

compassion while providing care to our community. Many never thought their

nursing career would have to endure a pandemic but they continue to push

through and provide Health, Hope and Healing to all every day.

Each May we celebrate our amazing nurses during National Nurses Week

and this year the recognition was extended into a month-long celebration

by the American Nursing Association. During this month, we celebrated our

nurses with fun activities and held an awards reception to recognize the 2021

Nursing Excellence Award winners. The Award winners were nominated by

their teammates and leaders. The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation is proud to

sponsor these awards and be part of this special moment in recognizing our

teammates. The outstanding accomplishments do not go unnoticed, and we

would like to congratulate each of the winners for 2021.

The 2021 Nursing Excellence Award Winners are:

Medical Division Excellence Award for

Nursing Care - Vivian Ajaero, Oncology

Cardiac Division Excellence Award for

Nursing Care - Jennifer Davis, PCCU

Cardiac Division Excellence Award for

Nursing Support - Mallory Sullivan,


Critical Care Division Award for Nursing

Care - Deann Welke, ICU

Women’s and Children’s Division Award

for Nursing Care - Mindy Ferguson, NICU

Women’s and Children’s Division Award

for Nursing Support - Christina Furr,


Perioperative Division Award for Nursing

Care - Beverly Ragin, PSC3

Perioperative Division Award for Nurse

Care - Chandra Neely, PSC2

Behavioral Health / Neuro Division

Award for Nursing Care - Dawn Muench,


Behavioral Health / Neuro Division

Award for Nursing Support - Taloria

Hunter, Neuro

Emergency Division Award for Nursing

Care - Candy Smith, Kannapolis ED

STAR Preceptor AH Cabarrus Medical

Division – Kayce Wilson, 4GHJ

We announced earlier this year, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation gifted the

Jeff Gordon Children’s Center Epilepsy Monitoring Unit with sling bags for their

patients. These bags are size appropriate for our younger patients and hold the

needed monitoring equipment during their hospital stay. Pictured here is the

actual toddler bag and teen bag. We are grateful for the continued support of the

Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

STAR Preceptor AH Cabarrus Cardiac

Division – Heather Furr, PCCU

STAR Preceptor AH Cabarrus Women’s

Division – Staci Berry, Mother/Baby

STAR Preceptor Atrium Health Cabarrus

OVERALL – Staci Berry, Mother/Baby

Nursing Interprofessional Partner of the

Year – Clinical - Shannon Airheart, Resp

Therapist NICU

Nursing Interprofessional Partner of the

Year – Ancillary - Shelley Williams, Env


Nurse Rookie of the Year – Jennifer

Sandke, ICU

Clinical Supervisors of the Year - Michelle

Emerine, Oncology & Michelle Motley, ICU

Nurse Leader of the Year - Teresa Davis,

Kannapolis ED

Nurse of the Year - Deann Welke, ICU

Patient Care Assistant of the Year -

Chandra Neely, PSC2




Cabarrus College’s strength is our people – our students, our faculty,

our alumni and the many friends and donors to the college. Our newly

established alumni association, the 1942 Club, is for all of us. Cabarrus

College of Health Sciences celebrates the founding of the college in

1942 and coming up on 80 years of educating exemplary healthcare

professionals. It preserves Cabarrus College’s distinguished legacy and

cultivates the relationships that connect us to this special place of learning

for a lifetime. The 1942 Club is enhancing the college’s contribution to the

healthcare profession and our larger community with a new scholarship.

Funded by alumni and donors*, the 1942 Club Alumni Scholarship is a

$1,000 scholarship for first-year undergraduate students at Cabarrus

College. Support this scholarship fund by joining the 1942 Club today!

Visit for more information

and to join.

*Gifts from all are gratefully accepted, 1942 Club Membership is exclusive

to Cabarrus College Alumni.



On Friday, April 23rd, we dedicated one of the benches in the Margie

Campbell Healing Garden as well as a beautiful row of rose bushes to

remember our dear friend. We were joined during this time with Rose’s

daughters, Shannon, Katy and Jenny, along with two of her grandsons.

Our Atrium Health Cabarrus leadership team and many of Rose’s

teammates also joined us and presented many gifts of gratitude while

remembering Rose’s life and time she gave to our hospital. The bench that

was named in Rose’s memory allows patients, families and staff a place

to sit and enjoy the garden views while taking a break from the hospital

environment. In addition, we are honored to establish the "Rose Liberto

Nursing Scholarship" in memory of Rose at the Cabarrus College of Health

Sciences. Rose was very fond of education, health sciences and teaching,

and she strongly believed in older adults going back to school. The "Rose

Liberto Nursing Scholarship" will assist in the education of the next caring

and loving healthcare worker like Rose.

We at the Foundation along with hospital administration are proud to

have a permanent location on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus to

recognize and honor each of these amazing ladies. Due to the restrictions

during these continued uncharted

times, we held a private ceremony with

a limited number of guests; however,

both dedications were filmed and can

be found on the Cabarrus Healthcare

Foundation’s YouTube Channel. We

thank you for supporting both the

Margie Campbell Healing Garden and

Rose Liberto Nursing Scholarship.

We are nearing the end of our fiveyear

campaign, We Give First, which

began in 2017 and was approved by the

Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation Board

of Directors with a fundraising goal of

$8 million. The We Give First campaign

supports 10 areas within our hospital

and provides flexibility to our donors,

allowing them to designate which area

GOAL: $8 Million

of Atrium Health Cabarrus their gift will

benefit. We Give First so when you or someone you love needs medical

treatment or care, Atrium Health Cabarrus is the First and Best choice for



For Child Abuse Prevention Awareness

During the month of April, organizations and

businesses joined us for our “Wear Blue” Fundraiser

to support the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) at

the Jeff Gordon Children’s Center. Each participant

donated $5 to wear blue for the day to raise

awareness of Child Abuse Prevention. Through the

generosity of our donors, funds raised during this

“Wear Blue” Fundraiser will help to update interview

equipment and stock a clothing and hygiene closet

for these children facing abuse. The dollars raised

will also provide needed items to establish a calming

and healing environment to the CAC examination

rooms. A calming, healing environment helps

decrease the amount of stress and anxiety these

children face while

being examined

after such traumatic

situations. These

items will bring

comfort and

serenity to these

innocent children

who are facing

child abuse.

Thank you to our

community for your

amazing support!


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