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Published on December 17, 2018

Cone Health Director of Government Affairs Receives Award

Ryan Blackledge was acknowledged for his policy and advocacy work.


Cone Health’s director of government affairs, Ryan Blackledge, received Premier’s 2018 James L. Scott Excellence in Advocacy Award. Each year, this award is presented to a government affairs network member who has made the strongest contribution to Premier’s policy and advocacy program. 

Scott Award

The award is based on communications with lawmakers and staff, and on a commitment to hospital grassroots advocacy efforts. It also includes involvement in congressional district meetings and Premier’s policy development. Specifically, Blackledge was selected due to his work with Premier on Accountable Care Organizations policy, quality-based payment reforms and the North Carolina Medicaid transformation in 2018. 

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