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FirstHealth succeeds.

Mary Piepenbring
Director of Health Care
The Duke Endowment

FirstHealth of the Carolinas continues to set an example for others in our state by leading on issues of community health, transparency and obesity.
Their outreach to the community, seeking ways to make health care more accessible and affordable for everyone, has been extraordinary. Their success is a reflection of how well they have met their community’s needs and expectations for diversity of service, quality of care, and compassion for patients and their families.

Bill Pully
North Carolina Hospital Association

The City of Laurinburg is going on its third year of developing a close working relationship with FirstHealth of the Carolinas and FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company. During this time, FirstCarolinaCare has helped to establish health fairs to check blood pressure, cholesterol and bone density. The staff participates in our Employee Fitness Day twice a year and has already helped some of our employees stop smoking. Together, we hope to develop a weight-loss program and a wellness/fitness incentive program. While doing these things and more, they have helped us keep our health care costs within reason.

Bob Bell
Human Resources Director
City of Laurinburg, N.C.

We are proud to work with Charles Frock and FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Mr. Frock has fostered a prevention culture within his health system, and has also placed a heavy focus on community-based prevention programming. FirstHealth was one of the first hospitals in North Carolina to become a 100 percent tobacco-free campus, and was the first to offer tobaccocessation services to its employees and to the community to ensure readily available quit-smoking counseling and medicine. FirstHealth’s FirstFit program encourages physical activity and healthy eating among its employees, and they have a fitness center and on-campus farmers market for employees, volunteers and guests. Additionally, pricing in the FirstHealth cafeteria has been revised to make healthier options more affordable. FirstHealth is light years ahead and a model of how a hospital can make a community healthier.

Dr. Meg Molloy
Executive Director
NC Prevention Partners

We have worked closely with FirstHealth of the Carolinas for the past six years as one of the Active for Life grantees, and we have been impressed with the organization on a number of levels—from the integrity of its leadership to the quality of its program offerings. FirstHealth goes beyond what is typically expected of health care organizations, clearly demonstrating the “Rule of Cs”: Collaboration, by developing effective partner relationships with local community-based groups, chambers of commerce, schools, businesses and economic development agencies; creativity, by integrating health promotion with disease prevention and management as they work to meet the needs of diverse, rural populations; commitment, to improving the health of their communities with priority placed on working with diverse partners and populations.

Diane M. Dowdy, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Active for Life National Program Office
Assistant Professor, Social & Behavioral Health
Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health


Vince Lombardi could have been referring to FirstHealth of the Carolinas when he said: “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

Robert Wittmann
Moore County Health Department


FirstHealth was one of our best grantees, because support from the top was always there.

Henrie Treadwell, Ph.D.
Senior Social Scientist
National Center for Primary Care
Morehouse School of Medicine


We want our gifts to keep on giving, so we really like to see that folks are open to sharing the lessons they learn from the programs we fund. FirstHealth is great about doing that.

Edgar Villanueva
Program Officer
Health Care Division
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust


A high-performing grantee, such as FirstHealth, is one that is doing all the right things and showing ultimate results in terms of people reached and health improvements achieved while demonstrating rigorous management oversight and financial responsibility.

Vandana Shah
Executive Director
NC Health & Wellness Trust Fund


FirstHealth has and continues to make invaluable contributions to improving the quality of life of individuals in their local region as well as the state of North Carolina through collaboration with the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement. FirstHealth is instrumental in bringing partners together and in creating positive community and state-wide change by supporting programs that make it possible for individuals to eat smart, move more and improve their lives.

Cathy Thomas
Director, PAN Branch
Division of Physical Activity and Nutrition
NC Department of Health & Human Services