Our Story

The story of Rex Healthcare Foundation

Gifts to Rex Healthcare Foundation have aided thousands of patients and families since our founding more than half a century ago.

Where there is a need, we step in to bridge the gap with essential programs and services, education and symposia, technology, and major capital expansion. When a patient needs a breast biopsy or a ride to get treatment, a nurse is inspired to further her skills, or a child with a gravely ill parent needs comfort, we provide that missing puzzle piece of support.

When there is an opportunity to bring life-saving advances in medicine to our region, we foster the philanthropy that transforms a dream into a reality. Most recently, we have entered into a campaign for the North Carolina Heart and Vascular Hospital, a premier world-class facility that opened March 4, 2017.

Our benefactors have the opportunity to participate in two leadership communities of support, the Rex Society and the Legacy Circle.

Rex contributors raised more than $4.2 million in FY2017.


Our Team

Kevin Bender
Rex Hospital Open Sales Representative


Amy Daniels
Foundation Director


Dariel Dixon
Database Analyst


Sylvia Hackett
Vice President


Angela Harris
Program / Grants Officer


Stephanie Haughey
Stewardship, Administrative Associate


Brian Krusoe
Tournament Director
Rex Hospital Open


Jackie Pierce
Sr. Philanthropy Officer


Kay Taylor
Director of Strategic Philanthropy



We generate philanthropic support for UNC REX Healthcare, a private, nonprofit organization that receives no city, county or state funding. Beyond clinical revenues, Rex relies on charitable gifts to deliver the highest level of healthcare excellence to our rapidly growing region. Rex is a member of the UNC Health Care system.

The story of Rex

UNC REX Healthcare springs from one man’s single act of generosity. More than 175 years ago, John Rex, a tanner by trade, acted on that desire to lift up his fellow man by making a bequest.

“I give and bequeath…all money belonging to me…to provide a comfortable retreat for the sick and afflicted poor belonging to the City of Raleigh in which they may have the benefit of skillful medical aid and proper attention.”
– John T. Rex, 1771–1839

“Mr. Rex was one of those unobtrusive, modest men who pursue, undisturbed, the even tenor of their way, content with discharging the duty they owe to society and studiously avoiding public notoriety.”
– Raleigh Register, February 1839

The hospital founded by John Rex opened in 1894 in a converted residence with a staff of seven. Today, Rex facilities in seven towns and cities — Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Knightdale, Wakefield, Holly Springs — take John Rex’s vision of hope and healing to more than 1 million residents.