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Save the Date for Giving Tuesday – Tuesday, November 28

Published by
Rich Kells
October 30, 2023

Tuesday, November 28 is Giving Tuesday! This global movement encourages people to do good and give back and is observed each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. As a cherished NeighborHealth supporter, we hope you’ll consider NeighborHealth and the incredible work our providers and staff do on behalf of our community on this important day of giving. This year, all gifts up to $10,000 will be matched by one of our cherished corporate partners – take advantage of this unique opportunity to DOUBLE your gift to NeighborHealth Center and improve the health and lives of even more neighbors. 

To donate, stay tuned for a special Giving Tuesday message headed your way on November 28 via your email inbox and/or social media!

Two New Providers Join the NeighborHealth Family!

As our community continues to grow, so does our NeighborHealth care team. This fall, we’re thrilled to welcome two new providers to care for our patients of all ages. We hope you’ll take a moment to get to know our new providers and welcome them to the NeighborHealth family! 

Dr. Penelope Bliss is a pediatrician who has been practicing for over 25 years in Johnston County, NC.  She grew up in a small community in Nebraska and received her Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She loves caring for children of all ages and enjoys watching them grow and change. She has special interests in asthma care, pediatric sports injury prevention and the power of reading to change lives. Outside of work, Dr. Bliss loves spending time with her husband and son and is an avid marathon runner. At NeighborHealth, Dr. Bliss is excited to focus on patient care and serving the underserved.

“I have wanted to be a pediatrician my whole life – I got my first doctor’s kit at age 4 and have never changed my mind.  Children have an outlook on life and a capacity for love and acceptance that I never want to lose.  It is an honor to care for children and their families.”

—Penelope Bliss, MD

Cheryl Herndon DeFrank is a nurse practitioner and Raleigh native. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Nursing/Adult Nurse Practitioner degree.  Later in her career, she also completed a post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Cincinnati.  Before joining NeighborHealth, Cheryl was blessed to spend 23 years as a Nurse Practitioner in Oxford, NC, where she provided primary and OB/GYN care to women in all stages of life.  Her special interests include contraceptive counseling, STD prevention and treatment, cervical and breast cancer screening, treatment of menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain, and menopause symptom management.  In her free time, she enjoys fellowship with her family and friends, traveling to the beach and mountains, and reading. 

“Advocating for my patients and their families is so important to me. Throughout my career, I’ve learned that providing personalized, equitable and compassionate care in a supportive and nurturing environment cultivates better health outcomes for patients.” 

—Cheryl DeFrank, ANP, FNP-BC

Celebrating Susan Metts!

We are so grateful for Susan’s service to NeighborHealth and pleased to share an update on her role on the NHC Development Team! As our team grows, and as a reflection of her extraordinary experience, expertise, and dedication to NHC’s mission, Susan is taking on the new role of Manager of Donor Relations. You’ll continue to see Susan at NeighborHealth events and hear from her as we share news and updates on our work. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Susan!

NeighborHealth Uncompensated Care Approaches $1.5M:

Doing More Than Ever for Our Community in 2023

Each year, NeighborHealth Center serves thousands of medically underserved patients – delivering life-changing healthcare to individuals and families who may not otherwise have access to these critical services. We are committed to providing this high-quality care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. By year’s end, we expect to have delivered more than $1.5 million in uncompensated care to patients in our community. While our uncompensated care costs continue to rise, our commitment to our mission remains steadfast. We are grateful to our donors and supporters who help us make this possible. 

“As you prayerfully consider your year-end support, please know how grateful we are to all of the NHC donors and supporters who help us close this gap and provide much-needed care to patients in our community.”

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NeighborHealth Center, Inc. (NHC), is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 agency founded to meet the healthcare needs of the underserved in the Raleigh area.