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Published on August 16, 2021

Million-Dollar Gift Expands Breast Care in Alamance County 

The money will help pay for improvements at the Norville Breast Care Center.  

GREENSBORO – Cone Health is excited to announce a $1,000,000 gift from the Hayden-Harman Foundation. The gift will be used to assist with mammograms, lymphedema therapy essentials and patient emergency assistance, as well as the relocation and expansion of the Norville Breast Care Center to the Grandview Specialties building on the Alamance Regional Medical Center campus. Renovations are expected to begin in July 2022.   

“The Norville-Harman family’s impact on our community has been immeasurable,” said Mark Gordon, president of Alamance Regional. “Thanks to their sustained generosity, our programs and services will grow, and we will continue to provide the best care for patients in Alamance County. We are extremely grateful for this level of commitment to the health care and well-being of everyone in the Alamance Regional service area.” 

The gift was made in memory of Phoebe Norville Harman, a local philanthropist with a long history of support for Alamance Regional and the Alamance Charitable Foundation. While she passed in 2014, her legacy will remain through the establishment of the Phoebe Norville Harman Endowment.   

In 2002 the Hayden-Harman Foundation helped establish the Breast Care Center at Alamance Regional with a naming gift in honor of Phoebe’s parents, Dr. William Larkin Norville, longtime Alamance County public health director, and Mrs. Lillie Freeman Norville, both of whom exemplified the importance of helping others. Phoebe herself was very active at Alamance Regional and worked with the Alamance Charitable Foundation in 2004 to establish the Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Luncheon, which assists with everyday basic needs such as utilities and transportation for those being treated for breast cancer. Family members and those who knew Phoebe well remember her saying, “I have an idea,” and once she put an idea into action, it would flourish under her giving spirit and determination. The establishment of this endowment will ensure her inspiration remains and that as many people as possible can receive compassionate and comprehensive care. 

Additionally, the relocation of the Norville Breast Care Center paves the way for the expansion of heart care at Alamance Regional. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and continues to pose a health risk in Alamance County. This expansion project will allow Cone Health to bring more advanced heart and vascular and interventional radiology services to Alamance Regional in the future.