Greensboro, NC - Sixty years after opening its doors Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital is still servicing the community.
The hospital officially open on February 25, 1953. On that date the facility had 221 employees, in 2013 Cone Health employs about 8,600 workers at several different locations.
"60 years that's not so long ago. I remember it pretty well," said Dr. Edgar Marks, one of the first doctor at Cone's in 1953.
In honor of the 60th anniversary, staff and friends of the hospital celebrated 60 years of service on Monday. Today's celebration was about more than cake and punch. It was also about history and honoring one doctor who helped integrate the hospital's staff.
"Oh boy, there has been massive changes, from the bathrooms to the President," said Dr. Alvin Blount, Cone's first African-American Surgeon.
The hospital staff also honored Dr. Alvin Blount, for his role in integrating the medical staff at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
Blount was part of a 1963 US Supreme Court Case, which expanded the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to private organizations.