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Published on September 29, 2010

Foundation becomes Cone Health Foundation

The Moses Cone ~ Wesley Long Community Health Foundation marks a major reorientation with a new strategy and a new name. The Foundation is now focusing on four health concerns and – effective Oct. 1 – will be known as Cone Health Foundation.

“This really is the next step in the development of the Foundation,” says Susan Shumaker, President, Cone Health Foundation. “In the past 18 months, the Foundation has narrowed its focus and funding priority areas. We’re also taking a bigger role in advocating for policies that promote health. The new focus and identity will help with that.”

The Cone Health Foundation is putting its resources into four areas: access to healthcare, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancy prevention and substance abuse/mental health.

The four areas were determined through the completion of a strategic plan that narrowed the Foundation’s focus and provided more emphasis on evaluation and advocacy. Previously, the Foundation funded eight priority areas.

To help guide decision-making, the Foundation commissioned research papers to assess the capacity for making change in Guilford County within the funding priority areas. The research papers are available as a community resource at the Cone Health Foundation website, www.conehealthfoundation.com.

Along with the new name comes a new logo. The strands in the design represent the different threads of the community coming together. The resulting “fabric” also honors Moses Cone Health System namesake Moses Cone, a textile pioneer.

The Foundation was founded in 1997 and given the name Moses Cone ~ Wesley Long Community Health Foundation to recognize the heritage of the two merging hospitals which created it. The crisper name, Cone Health Foundation, signals the organization’s evolution and new priorities. The change also is intended to eliminate confusion between The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Community Hospital and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Shortening the Foundation name results in a more user-friendly, memorable name that in no way lessens the contributions that Wesley Long Community Hospital has made to the health of our community. “The Wesley Long campus has never been stronger,” Frank Mascia, Chairman, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Committee, Cone Health Foundation, says. Around $40 million of expansion will take place there over the next few years as both the Regional Cancer Center and the hospital emergency department are being expanded. “That kind of growth, stability, and service assures that the name Wesley Long will remain part of our community for a long, long time,” Mascia adds.”

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The Cone Health Foundation is a support organization of Moses Cone Health System and a leader in efforts to improve access to care, adolescent pregnancy prevention, improve substance abuse and mental health services and efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. The Foundation works in the geographic area served by Moses Cone Health System. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted more than $60 million to organizations, programs and initiatives in that area.

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