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Published on October 13, 2021

Hiring and Achievements at Cone Health

Here are a few of the recent promotions and personal achievements at Cone Health.  


The following people have been promoted or have achieved professional milestones at Cone Health.   

Karin Henderson, executive director of strategic facility delivery, Cone Health, has been recognized by Healthcare Design for her work reopening the former Women’s Hospital as a COVID-19 only facility. More than 2,500 people were treated at the facility until it closed in March. The publication honored 11 individuals who “…are driven by a mission to evolve what (health care) design can and should be.” 

Henderson joined Cone Health as a nurse 20 years ago. She earned her nursing degree at NC A&T State University and her master’s in nursing at UNCG. 

Dr. Patrick Wright received the “Be Cowboy” award from the Professional Bull Riders Association at their recent stop in Greensboro. The award honors those who demonstrate cowboy values of, “…living honestly, fairly, and respectfully with pride, integrity, and humility.”

Wright is known for his work in helping the homeless and others without health insurance. He serves as medical director of Cone Health’s Mobile Medicine program and helped create the hospital network’s monoclonal antibody infusion center.

Akeysha Rutledge, RN, has been named director of the Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital Clinical Inpatient Departments. Rutledge began her career at Cone Health 23 years ago as a nurse extern.

Rutledge earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing Administration from UNCG. She is an instructor in psychiatric nursing. at NC A&T State University. 

Allyson Summitt has earned the Master Public Information Officer certification through FEMA. Summit is one of fewer than 100 others across the U.S. to hold this designation.

Summitt joined Cone Health in August as an emergency management specialist. Previously she worked with the City of Concord as a communications specialist, public information officer and logistics/fire investigator. 

 Dr. Patrick Wright Waving to Crowd  Akeysha Rutledge  Allyson Summitt