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Published on May 07, 2018

Cone Health and Cone Health Foundation Support Tornado Rebuilding Efforts in Greensboro and Rockingham County

The entities contribute to several community initiatives.

Cone Health and Cone Health Foundation encourage continued community support for tornado rebuilding efforts in Greensboro and Rockingham County. Cone Health is focused on meeting medical and material needs of patients and employees. Cone Health Foundation is providing grants to help the community at large.

Cone Health is making a $50,000 corporate contribution to the Community Foundation’s East Greensboro Tornado Relief Funds.

“The Triad has a huge heart, and the public response has been truly amazing. But getting the trees cleared and the debris picked up is really the first step,” says Cone Health CEO Terry Akin. “I encourage everyone to remain committed to the long-term effort of rebuilding the tornado damaged areas of our city.”

Cone Health has contributed $20,000 to patients of Renaissance Family Medicine Center and the Cone Health Community Health and Wellness Center. Many people living in the neighborhoods hit hardest by the tornadoes are patients of those medical practices.

The money comes from the Cone Health Area of Greatest Need Fund. It is being used to help patients replace lost prescriptions and address immediate medical needs. “Philanthropy has made these allocations possible,” says Larry Jerome, senior vice president, Institutional Advancement. “The money is being put to use to help our neighbors.”

Cone Health Foundation has made three grants totaling $15,000 in support of tornado relief in east Greensboro. The foundation is providing $5,000 grants to:

  • Guilford Education Alliance.
  • Greensboro Housing Coalition.
  • Greensboro Urban Ministry.

“The foundation focuses on very specific health needs around behavioral health, HIV, teen pregnancy prevention and access to health care, says Cone Health Foundation President Susan Shumaker. “But today the needs are for food, shelter and the hope that education brings.”

Nearly 100 Cone Health employees have had their lives impacted by the storm. Fellow employees have contributed $44,000 to the Caring for Each Other Fund. The fund helps employees pay insurance deductibles, replace lost clothing or provide temporary housing.

“We know our employees are an extremely generous group of individuals,” says Mandy Eaton, vice president, Human Resources. “The Cone Health value of Caring for Each Other is something they live every day.”


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