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Published on August 28, 2019

Pennington Awarded Elon Medallion

The university’s highest honor is for her commitment to student opportunities in health care.


Lisa Pennington, chief of community and corporate well-being for Cone Health, has been awarded the Elon Medallion. It is Elon University's highest honor. The award was presented to Pennington for efforts to increase the number of qualified health professionals in Alamance and surrounding counties.

Lisa Pennington

Lisa Pennington

Pennington served as an adjunct faculty member in Elon University's Department of Physical Therapy Education from 1998 until January 2019. She was the lead writer for two successful Duke Endowment grants. The grants, along with funding from Alamance Regional Medical Center and Cone Health, helped start the graduate-level physical therapy education and physician assistant studies programs. These efforts helped pave the way for the launch of the School of Health Sciences in 2011. 

Pennington also helped to implement clinical rotations at Alamance Regional for the university's physical therapy and physician assistant students. She was also instrumental in the launch of the Elon-Alamance Health Partners Program. It offers recent Elon University graduates opportunities to improve the health of Alamance County residents. Pennington was also involved in the feasibility study for the university's anatomical gift program. Body donations for educational purposes began in 2017.

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