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Published on February 21, 2018

Cone Health Recognized for Efforts to Build a Stronger Community

Cone Health has received the United Way of North Carolina (UWNC) Excellence in Community Spirit Award. The award recognizes a company that leads the way in strengthening its community through volunteering, financial investment and community partnerships. Skip Hislop, vice president, Oncology Services and chair of the Cone Health United Way Campaign, accepted the award on behalf of all Cone Health employees at UWNC’s Spirit of North Carolina Awards Luncheon in Pinehurst.

“Our employees give of their hearts every day and the work of the United Way is an extension of that.

It is easy for us to support an organization that shares our values and commitment to the communities we serve,” shared Hislop.

UWNC does not present the award every year. The organization only awards it to companies that far exceed its Spirit of North Carolina Award standards of excellence. Cone Health stood out from other award winners not only because of their number of volunteer hours and financial donations, but the number of lives impacted in its service area.

“Cone Health can be held up as an example for others because of their strong philanthropic culture, spirit of giving, and leadership involvement and influence,” said Laura Zink Marx, UWNC president and CEO. “Not only did they score high on all of the Spirit of NC Award standards of excellence; they also impacted thousands of lives in the communities where they operate. Their enthusiasm and commitment are contagious, and we are honored to present them with this award.”

In their application Cone Health reported that they impacted 11,382 lives across three NC counties in 2017. They also invested $368 million in the communities they serve - $351,853 in uncompensated patient care and $1,663,991 in donations.

 “Cone Health Network is an excellent example of people who care about all aspects of humanity and doing good for others,” shared Michelle Gethers-Clark, United Way of Greater Greensboro president and CEO.

“Cone Health practices its core value of "Caring for Our Communities" every day, in so many ways,” said Heidi Norwick, United Way of Alamance County president. “The passion, commitment and excellence with which they held this year's United Way campaign throughout their ranks, exemplifies putting this value into action.”

UWNC awards the Spirit of North Carolina Award yearly to companies that have not only demonstrated excellence in their United Way campaign, but also a strong philanthropic culture and community engagement. All winners received high marks for organizational volunteer culture; corporate and non-traditional or in-kind support; employee engagement, participation, and recognition; use of special events to engage and educate employees; and the role their leadership plays in promoting a culture of philanthropy and community support. The 2017 winners were determined by a panel of 20 judges from United Way organizations across the state. For more information about the Spirit of North Carolina Award and a complete list of winners, visit

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