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Published on June 28, 2021

DHHS Secretary Thanks COVID-19 Heroes in Visit to Moses Cone Hospital

Mandy Cohen thanked staff for their efforts in protecting the community from COVID-19.

With waves and fist bumps, North Carolina’s Secretary of Health and Human Services showed her appreciation to Cone Health’s frontline staff for their courage and resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen walked the halls of Moses Cone Hospital, meeting and thanking Cone Health staff during a tour of the facility. Cohen spoke with the frontline workers who cared for more than 6,300 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and who administered more than 326,000 COVID-19 tests to people in the Piedmont Triad and beyond. 

Secty Mandy Cohen talking with staff

“I know this has been a scary year, particularly for those of you who are working in some of our COVID units,” Cohen told a room of frontline workers and administrators. “That’s incredibly, incredibly scary, but you’ve kept showing up each and every day to serve your communities and serve the people of North Carolina, and I could not be more proud and grateful for that.” 

Among the group of staff recognized during the secretary’s visit were recipients of the Cone Health COVID Legend Award. The honor recognized 56 staff for their courage and creativity during the global pandemic. Cohen also learned more about operations at Cone Health, which was one of 13 U.S. and 103 worldwide hospital systems to be recognized as part of the International Hospital Federation’s COVID-19 Response Recognition Program in December. 

“I’m excited for what the future holds because of what I’ve seen in the last 18 months, and what I’ve seen is just an unprecedented amount of partnership, of collaboration,” Cohen said.