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Published on May 26, 2022

Commemorative Bricks Honor Storied History of Women’s Hospital 

Cone Health team members collected their piece of Greensboro history this week.


Greensboro – It was a day of reflection for those who served the community at Cone Health’s Women’s Hospital during its 31 years in the Piedmont Triad.

Thursday, hundreds of physicians, nurses and support staff with ties to the facility were gifted the bricks that kept Women’s Hospital standing for three decades. Each brick was wrapped in a commemorative sleeve that celebrated the history of the hospital. The sleeve reads, “While the walls have come down, its legacy still stands through the dedication, hard work and love shown by our team members to all who entered its doors.”

Women’s Hospital opened as the state’s first hospital for women in 1990. From April 2020 to March 2021, it served as North Carolina’s first COVID-19-only hospital, treating more than 4,700 patients.

“The building was used for excellence in women’s and children’s care and was also cued up to meet the needs of the pandemic,” said Karin Henderson, RN, MSN, executive director of strategic facility delivery. Henderson led the team that opened the COVID-19-only hospital in 2020. “When I see these bricks, I just see the faces of a dedicated team of Cone Health team members who were going to do whatever it was going to take for our community.” 

More than 150,000 babies were born at Women’s Hospital. In February 2020, those services moved to the new Women’s and Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital.

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