Moses Cone Hospital Celebrates 60th Birthday
Two very special guests were on hand February 25 for the 60th birthday celebration of the opening of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital – Edgar Marks, M.D. and Alvin Blount, M.D.
On opening day in 1953, three of the first Moses Cone Hospital patients were in the care of Marks. Prior to hospital construction being completed, he purchased a house across the street from the construction site so that his practice would be well positioned for the opening.
Marks, 91, received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1945 and began his medical practice in Greensboro five years later.
Blount, also 91, was honored by Cone Health CEO Tim Rice for the role he played in the racial integration of the hospital’s medical staff. Blount, the late Dr. George Simkins and others were instrumental in the 1963 legal case, Simkins v. Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing doctors of all races to practice in and use hospital facilities. The ruling also allowed patients to be treated by their own physicians regardless of race in hospitals that receive public funding. This landmark ruling changed the face of healthcare delivery in hospitals across the nation.
Blount graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University in 1943 and received his medical degree from Howard University in 1947. In 1952, he returned to Greensboro, where he continues to practice medicine.