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Winter 2016

News from Rex Healthcare Foundation

2015 Rex Gala honorary chairs: Mr. and Mrs. J. Gregory Poole Jr.

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Shawnee Sunquist, Earl Johnson and Billy Dunlap, M.D.

Wes and Trent Ragland

Wendy Kesterson and Charles Oxreider


Bill Hamlin, Anna Donegan and Lou Arp

Judy Anderson, Chip Anderson and Mary Susan Fulghum, M.D.

Michael Carter, M.D., and Jean Carter, M.D.


a committed community of supporters The Rex Society is an influential membership circle for those whose generosity of

In 1839 — more than 175 years ago

spirit reflects a unique commitment to the health and well-being of our community.

— John Rex of Raleigh, a tanner by

trade, came to the aid of those in need

Members of the society are individuals and families who share a passion for

excellence in healthcare and for lifting up those in need. Through their influence

through a kind bequest.

and philanthropy, the Rex Society is one of the most vital sources of support for UNC REX.

“I give and bequeath…all money

belonging to me…to provide a

Rex Society members are keenly aware of their pivotal role in sustaining

John Rex’s vision. They can be proud of their part in helping UNC REX achieve a

comfortable retreat for the sick and

standard of unmatched excellence for which it is known throughout our region.

afflicted poor belonging to the city

of Raleigh in which they may have

An evening of appreciation was held on September 29, 2015 to celebrate the

generosity and commitment of all Rex Society and Rex Legacy Circle (individuals

the benefit of skillful medical aid and

who have left Rex Healthcare Foundation in their estate plans) members.

proper attention.”

Please contact Katherine Stokes, Major Gifts Officer, at 919-784-4475 or

— John T. Rex, 1771–1839

katherine.stokes@unchealth.unc.edu today for more information about how you can join this group of generous donors.

Plan a Gift That Will Change Lives When it comes to providing the best care to our community, UNC REX Healthcare depends on gifts from friends and former patients…people like you. Through a planned gift, you can support our mission today or design a plan as part of your estate that benefits the hospital after your lifetime. By extending your support this way, you will enable us to serve the greater Wake County Community for years to come. Please call 919-784-4475 today for more information about how you can join Rex’s Legacy Circle.


Dorothy Nance and Keith Nance, M.D.

The Rex Gala, presented by First Tennessee Bank, took guests on a journey around the globe with stops in Morocco, Latin America, Asia, Venice and the Arctic.

This year’s event honored Mr. and Mrs. J. Gregory Poole, Jr. Greg

and Mary Ann represent a spirit of generosity and give selflessly to our community and to organizations like UNC REX.

In 1988, the Pooles gave UNC REX a tremendous gift when they

decided that they should start a little golf event – The Rex Classic, which through the years evolved to The Rex Hospital Open. Over the past 28 years, this event has raised more than $9 million to support patient care at UNC REX.   

Donations raised through the event are reserved for the Rex

Patient Assistance Fund, helping UNC REX go the extra mile. The Call for Donations, kicked off by generous gifts from S.T. Wooten Family Fund and Gregory Poole Equipment Company, raised more than $60,000!  

The Silent Auction was wildly successful, raising an additional

$25,000, and our Dream Vacation Raffle brought in another $27,000.  

Sarah Ryder, an occupational therapist at the Rex Rehabilitation

Center was delighted to learn that she had the winning raffle ticket. She quickly decided that her vacation destination would be a trip for two to Tuscany.  

Our final fund-raising

tally for the evening was



. Thanks to your

incredible kindness and generosity, more patients at UNC REX can be helped this year.


CC Poole, Greg Poole III, Kenan Poole II, Mary Ann Poole, Gregory Poole Jr., Harrison Poole, Alison Poole, Stephanie Poole, Kenan Poole and Vaughan Poole.

Stephanie Wilson, Darleen Johns, Hedy Caldwell and Dawn Zachary

Steve Burriss, Tina Burriss, Robyn Chase and Steve Chase

Vaughan Poole

Greg Poole III and Greg Poole Jr.

Ken Reece, Amy Tharrington, Ken Shell and Terri Shell

Cameron Bridger, Sandy Bridger, Nadine Pittman and Will Pittman

Michael Carter, M.D., and Jean Carter, M.D.


I felt something really terrible was happening … I looked up and said,

“I really need some help.” Five years ago, Ray Paquette went into cardiac arrest. He was clinically dead for an hour and 20 minutes. Mohit Pasi, M.D., a cardiologist with North Carolina Heart & Vascular, and a team of nurses jumped in to help. It took more than an hour to clear the blockage with medication through catheterization.

“I just didn’t want to give up on Ray,” Pasi said.

Today, Ray is back on the water doing what he loves – sailing.

“I owe UNC REX a lot. I wouldn’t be here without them.” – Ray Paquette


DELIVERING on the PROMISE OF EXCELLENCE The new North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital, backed by UNC Health Care and staffed by Wake County’s leading physicians, will marry the most advanced technologies with highly skilled and compassionate people. Our new heart hospital will be on par with the most preeminent programs in the country. “There’s no reason that somebody needs to travel to the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic when we have those same technologies right here,” explains James P. Zidar, M.D., president of Rex Heart & Vascular Specialists and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Building a healthcare facility of this size and scope is expensive. “The N.C. Heart & Vascular Hospital now under construction is one of the biggest and most important investments in Rex’s 120-year history,” said Steve Burriss, president of UNC REX Healthcare. “This investment is necessary because of this region’s growing and aging population, and the prevalence of cardiovascular disease.” UNC REX has financed most of the project through bonds; however, significant components of the project are not covered by that borrowing. To that end, the UNC REX Healthcare Board of Trustees has endorsed a campaign designed to support areas of critical need. The North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital Campaign seeks $10 million in philanthropic support to meet these needs with many opportunities for named gift recognition existing in the new hospital. “It’s one of the most important projects for our community that I’ve seen in many, many years,” remarks Dale Jenkins, member of

the UNC Health Care Board of Directors. “We’re going to have this wonderful facility right here in Raleigh that will be a true benefit not only to our community, but to the entire Southeastern corridor.” The eight-story, 300,000-square-foot cardiovascular hospital will bring all of UNC REX’s cardiac care together in one place. The facility will house 114 beds, including 72 step-down/telemetry beds, a 20bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, and 22 acuity-adaptable beds. Diagnostic and treatment procedure spaces include six catherization labs, two electrophysiology labs, two interventional radiology labs, two hybrid operating rooms, a 10-bed post anesthesia care unit, and a 47-bed prep recovery unit. To date $4.9 million has been raised toward the campaign goal of $10 million. Support has been received from individuals, foundations and corporations, including more than $200,000 from UNC REX Healthcare co-workers to name the new Sacred Space. Other significant portions of the new hospital have thus far been named, including the Resource Library, Cardiac Rehabilitation, the West Courtyard and the Early Detection/Family Resource Center. An Arts Initiative has been established to fund a public area collection of North Carolina artwork. “This campaign is about more than just a new facility. It’s about the future of UNC REX Healthcare and our presence in this region,” remarks Sylvia Hackett, vice president of the Rex Healthcare Foundation. “Our community has a great opportunity to be involved in this campaign and with the community’s help, we can make this hospital a stellar center with an amazing patient experience.”


a look at the progress?

renderings of the building?

North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital: Where We Are January 2014

September 2014

June 3, 2015

December 22, 2015

Early 2017

First capital gift made by Medical Mutual Insurance Company.


Final beam placed. Public phase begins.

$4.9 million raised toward goal of $10 million.

Grand Opening.






The administration and the board at UNC Rex Healthcare, have a wonderful vision of the future of cardiac care in this healthcare system, with tremendous growth in cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular interventional surgeries. Anything we can do to support this vision, and make it come to be, will be a great asset to our community and to our patients.  In supporting the foundation, I am supporting the whole system. We are building a great program here, anything I can do to support it, I’ll do. – Lance Landvater, M.D. Rex Cardiac Surgical Specialists

The opportunity to create such a state-of-the-art facility from the ground up comes once in a lifetime. When the doors open to the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital on the campus of UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, it will be a place of uncommon hope and healing and a great deal more. We are involved in the thrilling advance of health care from what it is now – primarily, treatment of disease – North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital Campaign Leadership Tift Mann, M.D., Chair Campaign Trustees: Zach Bacon, Hope Bryant, Richard Daugherty, A Hobgood, Dale Jenkins, Margery Johnson, Gregory Poole, Jr., Trent Ragland III, Sherwood Smith, Robert Thomas, Flo Winston, Richard Urquhart, Smedes York Lead Gifts Committee Co-Chairs: Ward Nye, Jimmy Talton, Ed Willingham Lead Gifts Committee: Jim Black, Robert Boyette, Fred Day, Bill Hamlin, John McKinney, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, James Zidar, M.D.

toward a world in which prevention will be its main aim and achievement. In this place, close to home, and at this unprecedented time, we will take on some of the toughest heart and vascular challenges. This campaign – to advance heart health and inspire the best minds in medicine – will make that possible. Only your thoughtful support can propel us forward. Learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved by visiting rexhealthcarefoundation.com/heart-hospital/.


Chances are you may have seen one of these UNC REX vehicles on the road.

Going the

Extra Mile Building on a well-established Mobile Mammography Program, UNC REX Healthcare now provides heart and vascular screenings in the community using a brand new vehicle fully equipped with the most up-to-date technology. This vehicle was made possible through proceeds from the 2013 Rex Gala and 2014 Rex Hospital Open.

“We’ve invested in mobile health screenings because it empowers underserved populations,

increases access to health care services and aids in disease prevention,” explains Amy Daniels, executive director of Rex Healthcare Foundation.

Equally important has been the investment into a brand new Critical Care Transport vehicle. The

team aboard works closely with neurologists, pulmonologists, emergency physicians, hospitalists and cardiologists to provide a full continuum of care between tertiary facilities and UNC REX Hospital.

UNC REX CCT teams are trained and equipped to transport post-cardiac arrest, STEMI, CVA,

respiratory failure, sepsis, trauma, high-risk obstetrical and other critical patients.

By The Numbers Total investment from Rex Healthcare Foundation


Mobile Mammography Screenings in 2015:

Heart & Vascular Mobile Unit:

Critical Care Transport Unit:




UNC REX Healthcare Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

UNC REX Healthcare is honored to be the only Triangle hospital named to The Leapfrog Group’s list of the nation’s Top Hospitals for 2015, and one of only three hospitals in North Carolina. This coveted and respected recognition showcases UNC REX’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike. UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive straight “A” grades since Leapfrog began its national hospital safety scorecard three years ago.

UNC REX Healthcare Designated a Magnet® Hospital for Patient Care and Nursing Excellence

UNC REX Healthcare has been re-designated a Magnet® hospital, an honor that recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet Recognition is the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) highest national credential, given to just 423 health organizations in the nation (out of 6,000). UNC REX is one of only about 110 hospitals nationwide, or less than 2 percent of the total, to achieve this recognition for a third consecutive time. UNC REX became the first Triangle-area hospital to achieve Magnet designation in 2006 and was the first to be redesignated in 2011. “UNC REX just added a line to its history and to its tagline of ‘chosen for excellence,’” Joel Ray, chief nursing officer said. “I am so proud of all the nurses at UNC REX for the compassionate care they provide.” UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, also part of UNC Health Care, was honored with Magnet Recognition in September. It was the second time UNC Hospitals received the recognition.

NICU Receives Level IV Designation

UNC REX Healthcare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been granted a Level IV designation, allowing UNC REX’s team of board certified neonatologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, developmental care team and others to care for even more premature and medically fragile babies. “We are proud to deliver the highest quality, familycentered care to help ensure that our babies thrive after they leave our NICU,” said Dr. Marie Ambroise-Thigpen, medical director of Neonatology at UNC REX. “Our environment promotes and provides optimal healing for the baby and comfort for the family during a potentially stressful time. We strive to provide families peace of mind.”

Welcome to UNC REX

REX Hematology Oncology Associates of Garner, is pleased to welcome Julia Rauch, M.D., to the practice. REX Hematology Oncology Associates specializes in treating cancer and blood disorders at five convenient locations across Wake County: Blue Ridge, Cary, Garner, Raleigh and Wakefield. Rex Pulmonary Specialists continues to expand in depth and breadth of practice with a new, convenient location in the Triangle. The team welcomes Hiren Mehta, M.D., and is proud to announce the opening of a new clinic in Cary. The clinic opened Nov. 9 and is located at 300 Ashville Ave, Suite 301.

UNC REX Chefs Enjoy Victory in “Got to Be NC” Contest

UNC REX Hospital Executive Chef Ryan Conklin is on a mission to reinvent the reputation of hospital food. The latest chapter came on Halloween night, when Conklin led a team of UNC REX chefs that won the final Battle of Champions in the statewide “Got to Be NC” Competition Dining Series. The year-long contest featured more than 60 chefs, mostly from fine-dining restaurants across North and South Carolina. Last Spring, Conklin and his team, Colin Jennings and Steve Pexton, were the only hospital chefs invited to compete in a Triangle-region Competition Dining Series. Initially seen as “dark horse” contenders, they emerged as the winners over 15 fine-dining restaurant chefs. That victory gave them a spot in the statewide Battle of Champions in Raleigh. In the finale, Conklin’s team defeated a team led by Chef Brent Martin of The Summit Room in Charlotte. “A lot of people didn’t expect us to be here in the end, but we proved that health care has great food too,” Conklin said. “We’ve transformed UNC REX into a chef-led culinary program that continues to show that a hospital can provide its patients and visitors with fresh, delicious and healthy food.”

Truly a “Sub Above”

Jersey Mike’s in Olde Raleigh Village raised $5,525 through their Grand Opening Fundraiser to support the Pink Ribbon Fund. This donation will provide 55 screening mammograms for uninsured women in our community.


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Raleigh, NC 27607 Permit No. 1234

4420 Lake Boone Trail Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

Gifts to Rex Healthcare are made through the Rex Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3). The Rex Healthcare Foundation can be reached at (919) 784-4424 or rex.foundation@rexhealth.com.

Rex Hospital Open – The Path to the PGA The Rex Hospital Open is known for sending players on to victory on the PGA TOUR, and this year’s level of play is going to be more competitive than ever.

Save the Date:

May 9 - 15, 2016

TPC Wakefield Plantation 2013 Rex Hospital Open winner, Raleigh’s own Chesson Hadley.

Entertain clients! Play with the pros! Showcase your brand! For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact April Walls: april.walls@unchealth.unc.edu 919-784-4562


2015 Rex Hospital Open winner and three-time champ Kyle Thompson

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