Cone Health to invest $150M in underserved areas

Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health is investing $150 million over the next five years to improve the health and well-being of residents in underserved areas. 

The project is targeting five counties in North Carolina, according to an April 4 health system news release. The system said residents in these communities suffer disproportionately from high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and "other treatable or preventable ailments to the point that it reduces how long they live." 

 Initial projects include a medical office in East Greensboro and health and wellness programs through a partnership with the city of Greensboro, according to the release. The system said it is too early to determine how the total investment will be spent. The proposed medical office complex could house urgent care, primary care, pharmacy, radiology, lab and preventive health and wellness services.

 The system said other facilities and digitally connected health hubs could be located in rural and urban areas. Next steps include research in the communities with stakeholders to tailor services and facilities to those residents. 

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