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Published on January 12, 2017

New Leaders for Annie Penn and Women’s Hospitals

The “leadership swap” will provide more local, hands-on leadership at the two facilities.

Women’s Hospital President Cindy Farrand, MBA, MSPH, will become the new president of Annie Penn Hospital. Annie Penn Hospital President and Behavioral Health Service President Debbie Green Cunningham, DNP, RN, will become the new president of Women’s Hospital. The moves become take effect Feb. 14.

“We look at every situation in terms of what’s best for our patients, our staff and the communities we serve,” says Cone Health Chief Operating Officer Judy

Cindy Farrand, MBA, MSPH

Schanel. “Cindy lives in Reidsville. Debbie currently splits her time between Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville and Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital in Greensboro. It makes much more sense for Cindy to lead her hometown hospital, which has unique, strategic needs, and for Debbie to lead two hospitals that are just a few miles apart.”

The Annie Penn Advisory Board is excited about having a full-time, local president to lead the hospital. Farrand says she looks forward to becoming more involved in her community.

Cunningham has been a major player in Cone Health’s “reinventing care” initiative. She has been instrumental in finding better ways to deliver psychiatric and addiction services. Cunningham will bring that expertise as she works with Women’s Hospital leaders, staff and physicians to plan the relocation of Women’s Hospital to the Moses Cone campus. That project should be completed in 2020.

Debbie Cunningham, DNP

Both women have led remarkable achievements at their respective hospitals. Under Farrand’s 11 years at Women’s Hospital, the facility was selected to join the Council of Women’s & Infants Specialty Hospitals, earned the prestigious Baby Friendly designation, and was re-certified for the second time as a Safe Sleep Center of Excellence. During Cunningham’s three years as president of Annie Penn Hospital, physician partnership scores improved and the hospital maintained top-tier employee engagement. This allowed Annie Penn Hospital to achieve the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for three consecutive years.

As part of the leadership changes, Sue Pedaline, DNP, RNC, vice president of nursing & patient services at Women’s Hospital, will have an expanded role. She will take on additional responsibilities for Women’s Hospital as well as responsibility for the strategic direction of maternal-child services across Cone Health.

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