Cone Health Recognized for Efforts to Improve Health Care for Minorities

The American Hospital Association also recognizes Cone Health for its diversity work

(Greensboro, NC) – Cone Health is one of four health systems recognized as 2017 Equity of Care Award honorees. The award is given by the American Hospital Association (AHA), and recognizes hospitals and health systems for their efforts to reduce health care disparities, and enhance diversity and inclusion.

A basis for the honoree award is the Cone Health Cancer Center’s five-year prospective study evaluating novel methods to reduce racial disparity between African-American and white lung cancer patients. Specifically, the treatment completion rate among African-American patients increased from 64 percent to 96 percent. The white patient population also benefited with an increase from 76 percent to 96 percent.

Cone Health has also achieved Health Equity Index Leader Status, which is awarded by the Human Rights Campaign, for four consecutive years. Additionally, Cone Health has developed a culture of appreciating the diversity that exists among leaders, physicians and staff as well as shared accountability to serve the diverse needs of the patients.

“This year’s Equity of Care award winner and honorees offer powerful examples for the rest of the health care field on how to reduce health care disparities, and foster diversity and inclusion within their leadership and staff,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Equitable care for all is a goal that hospitals and health systems should strive for each and every day, and these hospitals are helping to lead the way.”

The AHA Equity of Care Award is awarded annually and was created to recognize outstanding efforts among hospitals and health care systems to advance equity of care to all patients, and to spread lessons learned and progress toward achieving health equity. The applications from around the country showcased measurable improvement in the performance of equity, diversity and inclusion within the hospital, health system or community and provided clear models for the field.

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Cone Health is committed to being a national leader in quality, service and cost. The integrated health care network consists of Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Cone Health Medical Group, MedCenter High Point, MedCenter Kernersville, MedCenter Mebane, Triad HealthCare Network and various outpatient clinics and programs. More than 11,000 exceptional people provide exceptional care to the people of Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Forsyth, Caswell and Randolph counties.

Cone Health News Release  •  June 22, 2017  •  D. Allred, External Communications Manager

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