Achievers & Accolades

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation celebrates June achievements with graduates, scholarships and more

By Staff Report, posted 3 weeks ago

The Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation is celebrating graduates from multiple programs from the month of June. In their June newsletter, the Foundation shared the news of graduating residents and fellows, awarded scholarships to high school students, members of their nursing team and more!

The newsletter began by highlighting five nurses who were awarded scholarships during Nurses Week. Scholarships were granted from the Foundation, Nursing Congress and CATO to support the academic advancements of Cape Fear Valley team members who are pursuing a career or advancing their career in nursing. 

Pictured from left to right: Dirneka Jimmison, Kelsey Deeder, Chelsea Cox and Dillon Simpson. Not pictured is Tanya Harriott.

On Thursday, June 14, the auditorium of the Center for Medical Education & Neuroscience Institute was filled with joy as attendees bid congratulations to the 2024 graduate class of residents and fellows in the Cape Fear Valley Graduate Medical Program. This year's class included resident graduates in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Transitional Year, Psychiatry and General Surgery, and Podiatric Medicine & Surgery. Many graduates have chosen to stay in our community and establish their careers with Cape Fear Valley Health!

Additionally, Graduates from fellowship programs in Cardiovascular Disease & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry were recognized for completing their specialized training. 

OB/GYN Graduates (in pink) are all smiles at graduation with program faculty and hospital administration.

The Foundation is also proud to introduce two summer interns, Cate DeVane and Aaliyah Leslie! Cate and Aaliyah have been working hard over the past few weeks and are making an impact at the Foundation. 

Cate DeVane was born and raised in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and recently finished her freshman year of college. She intends to graduate in 2027 from the NCSU-UNC Joint Biomedical Engineering program. While she is undecided about her post-college plans, she is interested in applying to post-undergraduate programs, such as medical school or a MD-PhD program. When asked what she enjoys about working with the Foundation this summer, she said in the newsletter, "I find the people to be the most rewarding part of my job. Everyone on the Foundation team and at the hospital has been extremely welcoming, gracious, and willing to go above and beyond to help me get the most out of my internship. I am exceedingly grateful to be part of their teams for the summer and look forward to continuing to work with the fantastic people that constitute CFVH."

Pictured from left to right: Cate DeVane and Aaliyah Leslie

Aaliyah Leslie grew up in Lumberton, North Carolina and recently graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in Healthcare Administration. She has an interest in enhancing patient care and outcomes and is eager to pursue an MBA in healthcare management. When asked what she enjoys about working with the Foundation this summer, she said in the newsletter, "I am thoroughly enjoying the friendly environment at Cape Fear Valley Foundation, where every day brings new and exciting opportunities to learn. The diverse range of projects allows me to gain valuable experience and insights into various aspects of healthcare administration. Additionally, the exposure to different departments and networking opportunities has been invaluable in shaping my professional growth."

Harnett Health Foundation Director Scott Childers, Oncologist Dr. Madhuri Vithala, Harnett Health Foundation Board member Ashlyn Thompson, Vice President Sabrina Brooks and Patient Care Services Director Jamie Lucas.

The Piedmont Natural Gas team, led by Tammy Thurman, recently visited Central Harnett Hospital and presented a gift of $3,000 to support cancer patients receiving care at the Harnett Health Cancer Center. The gift was accepted by Harnett Health Foundation Director Scott Childers, Oncologist Dr. Madhuri Vithala, Harnett Health Foundation Board member Ashlyn Thompson, Vice President Sabrina Brooks and Patient Care Services Director Jamie Lucas. “We are grateful to Piedmont Natural Gas for all their support of local healthcare and patients impacted by a cancer diagnosis.” 

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