Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital

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The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital
Cone Health
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates 36°05′32″N 79°47′08″W / 36.09222°N 79.78563°W / 36.09222; -79.78563Coordinates: 36°05′32″N 79°47′08″W / 36.09222°N 79.78563°W / 36.09222; -79.78563
Care system Public
Hospital type Teaching
Emergency department Level II
Beds 535 Licensed Beds
Founded 1953
Lists Hospitals in North Carolina
Other links List of hospitals in North Carolina

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, also known as Moses Cone Hospital, is a 535-bed tertiary care facility located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The hospital opened in 1953 on North Elm Street as a 310-bed community hospital. Moses Cone Hospital is the central facility of Cone Health, a network of medical care facilities serving Guilford County, North Carolina and surrounding areas. As of 2014, its president is Mickey Foster.[1]

Cone has an emergency department recognized as a Level II trauma center, which as of 2005-2007, served approximately 65,000 arrivals per year.[2]


Funding for a hospital began after the 1908 death of Moses H. Cone, a North Carolina magnate who founded the Cone Mills textile company. In 1911, Bertha Cone, the widow of Moses, established a trust fund that would establish a hospital to serve Greensboro and memorialize her late husband. The trust fund stated that "No patient should be refused admittance because of inability to pay.". After Bertha Cone's death in 1947, her inheritance went to the trust fund that would eventually established the hospital. Construction began in 1949 and the facility opened on February 20, 1953.

Cone was a segregated, whites-only hospital until 1963, when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Simkins v. Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, held the hospital's acceptance of federal funds prohibited it from discriminating on the basis of race, an opinion influenced Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[3]

In the late 1970s, a dispute over payments after the completion of a new wing eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. By a 6-3 margin, the justices required the hospital to arbitrate with its contractor. The case, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital v. Mercury Constr. Corp., set some precedents in civil procedure, clarifying the circumstances under which a federal court can decline jurisdiction when there is a similar case in state court and when a stay may be appealed as a final judgement.

Moses Cone Hospital is the largest hospital in its four county region (Alamance, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties). The hospital is a designated Level II Trauma Center.

In 2013, Cone Health opened a new patient tower referred to as North Tower.[4] A new entrance off Church Street opened on February 1, 2014.


  1. ^ Covington, Owen (June 9, 2014). "Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital names new president". American City Business Journals. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Park, Jinsuh (January 1, 2008). "Forecasting Patient Load of ED at Moses Cone Hospital". IIE Annual Conference. Proceedings. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, P. Preston (1997). "Hospitals and Civil Rights, 1945-1963: The Case of Simkins v Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital". Annals of Internal Medicine. 126 (11): 898. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-126-11-199706010-00009. ISSN 0003-4819. 
  4. ^ "Cone Health preparing to open North Tower". The Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Moses Cone Hospital homepage on the Cone Health website