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60 Facts About Moses Cone Hospital

As we celebrate the 60th birthday of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, we take a look at some of the historical moments that defined the exceptional care our patients receive today.

  1. At least one member of the Cone family has always served on the 22-member Board of Trustees.
  2. Committed to education and training, the hospital opens its first clinical study program – The School of Medical Technology – in 1954. Shortly afterward in cooperation with the Greensboro City Schools, the hospital establishes The School of Practical Nursing, which eventually becomes part of the modern-day Guilford Technical Community College. In 1957, Moses Cone Hospital provides funding for a two-year associate degree program in nursing at Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro).  The School of Radiologic Technology opens in 1958.
  3. In the late 1950s, hospital leaders establish a medical internship program, one of only a few in North Carolina sponsored by a hospital without a medical school.
  4. The 10,000th baby is born in 1959. By then, the hospital averages 1,500 births each year.
  5. In 1960, construction begins on the fifth and sixth floors. When completed, the hospital’s bed capacity totals 438.
  6. In 1961, the hospital opens the first intensive care unit in the state and one of the first in the United States.
  7. The 100,000th patient is admitted to the hospital in 1962. The average daily census is 245 patients.
  8. Four African-American doctors join the medical staff in 1963, and the hospital becomes the first integrated hospital in Greensboro before the U.S. Supreme Court’s legislation requires it in 1964.
  9. The Cardio-Pulmonary Laboratory opens in 1965 to conduct research in the area of cardiovascular disease.
  10. Cardiac catheterization is introduced at Moses Cone Hospital, the second such facility of its kind in North Carolina outside a university center to offer the procedure.
  11. In 1965, the first cardiac pacemaker insertion is performed. Believe it or not, the patient was a clown from the Ringling Brothers Circus, who had experienced seizures during a Greensboro performance.
  12. In early 1967, the hospital opens its state-of-the-art coronary care unit.
  13. A lasting teaching affiliation begins with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967. The hospital begins providing training for post-graduate medical and pharmacy students. The hospital becomes one of the first in the nation to offer a residency program in family practice in 1969.
  14. Record keeping drastically changes as the hospital computerizes its accounting and patient-billing process and begins microfilming its medical records in 1968.
  15. The first open-heart surgery occurs at the hospital in 1971.
  16. 1972 welcomes the 30,000th baby, the 100,000th operation and treatment for the 600,000th outpatient.
  17. The Greensboro Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is founded at Moses Cone Hospital through an affiliation with the UNC Medical School in 1974.
  18. Building continues in 1974 with a $16.5 million construction project that adds 235,000 square feet and makes room for several new departments: the Family Practice Center, a new Radiology Department, an Emergency Department and a new sixth floor on the East Wing to accommodate additional patient beds. Many existing areas also expand or undergo renovation.
  19. The hospital’s first computerized tomography (CT) scanner becomes operational in 1978. The scanner is considered the most significant advancement in diagnostic technology since the X-ray.
  20. Jewish volunteers from the community begin working at the hospital on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1978 to allow Christian employees and volunteers time off to be with their families.
  21. In 1981, the hospital announces plans for a $32.6 million construction project to renovate 127,000 square feet of the existing facilities and build a five-story wing on the west end of the building. The west wing opens in 1984.
  22. The Cardiovascular Lab gets an update in 1982 with new equipment to assist in cardiac catheterizations and new instruments to evaluate heart size and function, including the echocardiogram ultrasound.
  23. In 1983, the hospital begins performing surgical laser procedures.
  24. The trauma center at Moses Cone Hospital is designated as a Level II trauma center in 1984.
  25. The Family Practice Center, a 12,000-square-foot facility, opens in 1986. In addition to providing all the services of a traditional family physician’s office, it also serves as a training site for family medicine residents.
  26. In 1986, the hospital begins treating cancer patients with its new $1.5 million linear accelerator.
  27. The first cochlear implant surgery in the Triad in 1986 enabled a totally deaf person to hear sounds and communicate.
  28. The state’s first inpatient Hospice Unit for terminally ill patients opens in 1987 as a joint venture with Hospital and Palliative Care of Greensboro.
  29. The hospital’s first test-tube baby is born in 1987. Moses Cone Hospital is one of only three healthcare facilities in the state to complete this procedure successfully.
  30. Moses Cone Hospital opens The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro in 1990 and acquires Wesley Long Community Hospital (1997), LeBauer HealthCare (1999), Behavioral Health Center (2000) and Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville (2001). The joined entities become known as Moses Cone Health System, a name which lasts until 2011 when the corporate name changes to Cone Health.
  31. The hospital opens The Children’s Corner in 1989 to care for employees’ children.
  32. The Neuroscience Center, which opens in 1991, is the first center of its kind in the Triad to treat patients with acute head and spinal injuries, brain and spinal tumors, seizures and neurological disorders.
  33. The Moses Cone Heart Center begins in 1992.
  34. Doctors perform the first laparoscopic surgery – a bowel resection – in 1992.
  35. The hospital enters a partnership with Greensboro Urban Ministries in 1992 to create HealthServe Ministry, a program which operates two clinics offering primary care to indigent adults and children.
  36. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program begins in 1993 to help cardiac patients return to normal lives following surgery.
  37. In 1994, CareLink begins as a mobile critical care unit which transfers patients between facilities or from hospitals in outlying areas to Moses Cone Hospital.
  38. The hospital launches a 28-month expansion in 1994 that adds 50,000 square feet to the ground, first and second floors on the east end of the building.
  39. The hospital’s Piedmont Cancer Institute merges with Central Carolina Medicine, the hospital’s first acquisition of a physician practice.
  40. The Congregational Nurse Program begins in 1998 as a collaborative relationship between the religious community and the health system.
  41. The Chaplain Residency Program opens in 1999 to provide professional pastoral education for clergy in the area. Residents in the program work with patients and staff to provide spiritual care.
  42. Moses Cone Hospital opens its South Wing in 2000. The 57,000-square-foot addition and renovation project modernizes the hospital’s historic front entrance, adds technological equipment for the Surgical Intensive Care and Intermediate Care departments, and improves patient and visitor comfort.
  43. A Palm Pilot program called MData provides patient test results to hospital-based clinicians. After a 2001 pilot project, the program was expanded so physicians would have easier access to patient information.
  44. The Health System builds a peripheral vascular laboratory and operating room at Moses Cone Hospital in 2001 to treat cardiac patients who also have peripheral vascular disease. All vascular procedures move there as part of the continuum of heart and vascular care. This move establishes the Heart and Vascular Center.
  45. The employee parking deck opens in 2004. The five-level deck provides spaces for 1,093 vehicles.
  46. Moses Cone Urgent Care Center opens in 2004.
  47. In 2005, Moses Cone Hospital receives – along with the other four hospital facilities – Magnet Recognition for Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The designation, renewed in 2009, is the highest honor a hospital can receive for its nursing services.
  48. The Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center moves into a 60,000-square-foot hospital within a hospital in 2006. It provides new cardiac non-invasive, peripheral vascular and cardiac catheterization laboratories.
  49. eLink Critical Care, which allows critical care doctors and nurses to monitor ICU patients continuously via remote computer and camera hookups, goes live in 2006.
  50. The Spine Center opens in 2008 to provide a specialized environment for spine surgery patients.
  51. A renovated Pediatric Emergency Department opens as part of an expansion of the Emergency Department in 2009.
  52. Judy Schanel becomes the first female president of the hospital in 2010 when she is also named Executive Vice President, Moses Cone Health System.
  53. A state-of-the-art Nursing Education Center opens in 2010 in the Northwood Building. The $1.27 million facility provides staff and students with hands-on training with patient-simulation mannequins.
  54. Construction begins on the Central Energy plant in 2010. This is the first step in the expansion of the hospital, which includes North Tower.
  55. Moses Cone Hospital breaks ground in 2011 for the North Tower addition.
  56. The Regional Center for Infectious Disease, the first of its kind in North Carolina, opens in 2011 to serve patients with infectious or chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS, bone and joint infections, skin and staph infections, meningitis, tuberculosis and bloodstream infections.
  57. In 2011, the Moses Cone Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is ranked in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States, both for quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. The honor is repeated in 2012.
  58. In 2011, Moses Cone Hospital is the first hospital in North Carolina to use the high-tech room disinfecting system that uses ultraviolet light to clean every surface in a patient room.
  59. In 2012, Moses Cone Hospital successfully launches Cone HealthLink, the best-in-class electronic medical record system built on the EPIC platform.
  60. Moses Cone Hospital celebrates its 60th birthday in 2013.

Taking Healthcare To New Heights

North Tower

The 6-story, $200 million North Tower recently opened on the Moses Cone Hospital campus.

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60 Years Of Exceptional Care

Moses Cone Hospital

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital has been serving the Greensboro community for 60 years.  Take a look back with us as we celebrate this milestone.