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FirstHealth Wins Fifth Consecutive United Way Spirit Award

| Date Posted: 2/18/2015

Chris Miller (right), administrative director of  FirstHealth Community Health Services, accepts a Spirit of North Carolina Award  on behalf of FirstHealth of the Carolinas during the annual meeting of the  United Way of North Carolina on Feb. 13. Pictured with Miller are (from left)  Brenda Diggs, board chair of the United Way of North Carolina; and Laura Zink  Marx, president of the United Way of North Carolina.

PINEHURST – For the fifth time in as many years, FirstHealth of the Carolinas has received a Spirit of North Carolina Award from the United Way of North Carolina (UWNC).


The statewide award recognizes companies and their employees that demonstrate United Way campaign excellence and community commitment. Forty-two winners, chosen from among 75 award applicants, were announced Feb. 13 during the annual UWNC meeting at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst.


“The staff, employees and volunteers at FirstHealth richly deserve this recognition,” says Linda Pearson, executive director of the United Way of Moore County. “Their contributions to United Way play a major role in our ability to support nonprofit programs in this community. There is such passion for the United Way mission there, and that commitment radiates throughout the organization. We are fortunate to have FirstHealth of the Carolinas as an advocate, and we are very proud to see it recognized at the state level with this award.”


FirstHealth’s 2014 United Way campaign was the organization’s most successful ever with a final pledge total of $200,000 that exceeded the previous high achieved in 2013 by more than $8,000. Per capita giving for the 2014 campaign increased by 5.9 percent over the 2013 level (from $41.33 to $43.78) while Leadership Society giving ($1,000) grew from 38 donors to 55.


In addition to the financial pledges made throughout the organization, 20 FirstHealth employees participated in last fall’s United Way Day of Caring, donating 80 hours to perform various assignments benefitting several United Way agencies.


The campaign supports the United Way of Moore County and Richmond County as well as the Montgomery County Crisis Fund and the Hoke United Fund.


Wes Cowell, administrative director of Pharmacy/Respiratory, attributed the campaign’s success to teamwork supported by employee recognition of FirstHealth’s core purpose, to care for people.


“The employees of FirstHealth are an amazing family dedicated to caring for others, both directly and through the local charities, and they prove this year after year,” he says.


According to FirstHealth CEO David J. Kilarski, the United Way award demonstrates FirstHealth’s commitment to the communities it serves and where its employees live and work.


“As FirstHealth providers, administrators and employees alike, we have a rich tradition of supporting this communitywide effort,” he says. “We can be very proud of the numbers of people in our communities who benefit from our community support.”


Chris Miller, administrative director of Community Health Services and a United Way of Moore County Board member, accepted the award on behalf of FirstHealth.

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