Together, we accomplish great things

When people work together, there is nothing they cannot accomplish. The proof is in the thousands of patients and families whose lives have been saved, improved, and eased through the generous and open hearts of our many donors. Your gifts provide the opportunity for REX to continue its mission of providing the best in healthcare services and enhancing the lives of those in our community.

  • Dr. Kenneth Zeitler

    In a career that spanned 35 years, Dr. Kenneth Zeitler has become not only a beloved physician but also a champion — and fundraiser — for the new Cancer Center that is slated to open in late 2021, a center about which he and other UNC REX physicians have long dreamt. Zeitler and his wife, Joyce, also started an endowment for UNC REX by making an initial investment and then providing it as an option for family and friends who wanted to celebrate his birthday or patients who wanted to say "thank you." About eight months ago, he and his wife closed out a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, or CRUT, and gave the money to UNC REX. “I love UNC REX because they treat staff and patients with respect."
  • A.E. Finley

    In 1957, A.E. Finley, a successful Raleigh businessman, established the A.E. Finley Foundation. His foundation has granted substantial money to people and charities, including the UNC REX Rehab and Nursing Care Centers, during its 66 years in existence.
 In his mid- to late-70s, Mr. Finley developed arthritis in his hands, a troubling disease both because of the pain associated with it and because he was an avid golfer. He went to UNC REX’s Rehab Center for treatment and continued hitting the links until age 85. “He was with REX Hospital when it was on Wade Avenue. He went to UNC REX for treatment for his arthritis and had a connection. He was a UNC REX person,” his great-nephew, Duke Finley, said.
  • Dr. Ann Collins, OB/GYN, 
UNC REX Board Chair

    As a practicing OB/GYN for more than 25 years, Dr. Ann Collins has a reputation for exceptional care for her patients. Now she’s bringing that same compassion and professionalism to her role as Chair of the Board at UNC REX Healthcare. She became chair in January 2019 during UNC REX’s milestone anniversary, when expansion included a new Cancer Center and a new 50-bed hospital in Holly Springs. She’s grateful to everyone who gives their time and financial commitments to the REX Healthcare Foundation, enabling the hospital to accomplish goals that otherwise would likely go unfulfilled. 
“I have a lot of respect for UNC REX, the physicians who work there, the nurses, the staff. It really is a remarkable hospital.”
  • Rusty Wagstaff

    Rusty Wagstaff

    After a sinus infection turned into septic shock, Rusty Wagstaff’s odds of surviving were put at five percent. But his family and REX's intensive care physicians, nurses, and staff refused to give up. Today, Rusty and his wife Bonnie are back to their busy lives, including helping care for their first grandchild, a grandson born at REX. "We want people to know what a wonderful facility REX Hospital is. In our minds, the staff there will always be second to none. I truly believe that if it weren’t for the physicians and staff there, we wouldn’t have survived."
  • Julie Huffman

    Julie Huffman, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P.

    Julie Huffman, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P., is a REX speech pathologist who is driven to help Parkinson’s patients whose swallow is weakened and therefore are at risk of choking, pneumonia, weight loss, and decreased quality of life. The Foundation awarded Huffman a Co-worker Giving Gurney Grant for equipment and supplies to help patients strengthen their swallow. “Those items aren’t terribly expensive, but they are still out of reach for some patients. REX has a mission for excellence in care. The Giving Gurney Grants are one of the things that steps that up.”
  • Carolina Hurricanes

    The Carolina Hurricanes, part of the National Hockey League (NHL), are dedicated to helping the Foundation achieve more awareness for assisting those who need a hand. The team supports the REX Gala and the REX Hospital Open, hosts the Mobile Mammography Unit, and includes REX in the NHL’s month-long Hockey Fights Cancer. “From the KidsCan! program to support and care for critically ill babies, to the Angel Fund for cancer patients, and all the annual projects—there’s a lot the Foundation does,” says Jon Chase, Vice President of Community Outreach & Executive Director of the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation.