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FirstHealth Receives Fourth Spirit of North Carolina Award for United Way Campaign

| Date Posted: 3/7/2013

PINEHURST – For the fourth time, FirstHealth of the Carolinas has received a Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence for outstanding community commitment and support of the United Way. The award is sponsored annually by the United Way of North Carolina.

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Pictured are (left to right) Brian Canfield, Moore Regional Chief Operating Officer alongside FirstHealth United Way campaign committee members Liane York, Susan Beard, Lee Harris, Chris Miller, Emily Sloan and Katie Van O’Linda.

The Spirit Awards were developed to recognize companies and their employees that demonstrate campaign excellence and community commitment.  The Spirit Committee judged submissions from top companies, organizations, governmental entities, and health care and educational institutions, as well as businesses – both large and small.

“FirstHealth is honored to again be recognized as an Employee Spirit Award recipient by the North Carolina United Way,” says Wes Cowell, FirstHealth United Way campaign chair. “FirstHealth employees have been strong supporters of the United Way over the years, and their generosity embodies the FirstHealth mission to care for people.”

According to Cowell, the support and passion from department team captains and the senior administration team help drive the campaign.

“FirstHealth increased our number of leadership givers from eight in 2011 to 26 in 2012,” Cowell says.

The Moore County United Way defines leadership givers as those giving more than $1,000 a year to the United Way. The Richmond County United Way defines leadership as those giving more than $300 a year to the United Way.

Every year, employers within the community rally their employees to join their co-workers in raising money for the annual United Way campaign.  Worksite campaigns account for more than half of the total amount of money raised for the overall communitywide effort, underscoring just how important the contributions of Moore County’s workforce are to the United Way.

During the recent campaign, FirstHealth employees contributed an impressive $169,506 to the Montgomery Crisis Fund and United Way agencies in the communities FirstHealth serves including Moore and Richmond counties.

 “This award is well deserved for FirstHealth of the Carolinas,” says George Erickson, chairman of the board for the Moore County United Way. “The leadership at FirstHealth is committed to supporting our community, and we are fortunate that United Way is one of the avenues they take to do that.

“We are always amazed at the vivaciousness and enthusiasm shown by the staff and employees of FirstHealth at United Way campaign time. Even though it’s their job to support the community in the work they do, they also voluntarily give of their time and resources in a major way. They are all to be commended for their excellence and spirit of community. And let me take this opportunity, too, to say thank you.”

The Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence was presented to FirstHealth during the United Way of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 15 in Pinehurst.

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