Health Care Heroes: Volunteer | WilmingtonBiz

Honors volunteers at a healthcare provider or other health-related organization who are viewed as role models by people within those organizations.


organization: Lower Cape Fear LifeCare

What the nominator said: “The Boys in Blue, members of the Rivers Edge Veterans Association (REVA) in Brunswick County, have become an integral part of our hospice care team because of their appreciation of the service to the countless experienced patients in our care. Veterans themselves, the Boys in Blue have an extremely genuine way of interacting with our patients, listening to their stories, connecting with loved ones and family members, and thanking them for their military service to our country. For the past four years, their unique volunteer care has been provided free of charge to all veterans regardless of branch, rank, or length of service, including Vietnam veterans who have a history of being denied proper recognition and appreciation. The Boys in Blue (so called because of their matching royal blue REVA shirts) are dedicated to providing every Brunswick County veteran in the hospice with a special “pinning” ceremony. … The staff at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare admire the dedication, professionalism and dedication of the Boys in Blue to their fellow veterans. But more importantly, it is our patients and families who reveal the true impact of their volunteer work.”

— Jason Clamme, director of community engagement, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare


title: Volunteer mentor

organization: SCORE Cape Fear Chapter

What the nominator said: “Anne has been a SCORE volunteer mentor with the Cape Fear Chapter for over three years. During that time she has been the leader or co-mentor for approximately 110 clients, including several with whom she is privileged to have ongoing mentoring relationships. Anne was named the Chapter’s Mentor of the Year in 2021. She served as a Chapter Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for two years.
“As a mentor, Anne is almost always tasked with helping entrepreneurs who want to start a small healthcare business. … She is committed to making these healthcare companies thrive by following the best practices of both the business world and the healthcare communities.

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“Anne’s professional life has spanned over 40 years in healthcare, including 33 years in various administrative roles in different settings. In hospitals large and small, Anne has served on executive teams, including vice president of operations and director-level positions… Prior to her career in administration, Anne worked as a registered nurse.”

– Ronald H. Henderson Jr., Mentor, SCORE Cape Fear Chapteright


title: NICU volunteer

organization: Novant Health NHRMC

What the nominator said: “Carol Wagner started her volunteer work at the NHRMC in 2012 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Since then, she has devoted thousands of hours of her time to supporting our smallest patients and their families through what is often a stressful and difficult time in their lives. As a volunteer in the NICU, Carol spends her time looking after families and offering help wherever she can. She comforts babies by cuddling, rocking and reading to them. Carol helps support NICU parents so they have an opportunity to eat, take a break or run errands as many families spend months with their babies in the NICU.

“In addition to supporting the babies and their families, Carol assists the nursing staff with tasks such as stocking up on supplies, paperwork, or notifying when a patient or family member needs her assistance. Carol is always willing to help, even on hard-to-fill shifts – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights – so patients, families and staff know they can count on her knowledge and dedication.”

– Erin Barajas, Director of Volunteer Services, Novant Health New Hanover Regional

Read more about all Find the Health Care Heroes 2022 finalists here.

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