“Anti-racist” Whistleblower: Cone Health Contracts with Deena Hayes’ “Racial Equity” Firm

Via the Carolina Plott Hound and the North State Journal, we learn of a group called Do No Harm that acts as a whistleblower against woke health care entities that have forced “racial justice” training and/or policies upon their employees.

One of these is the Cone Health System. The article reports that Cone contracts with the Racial Equity Institute, based in Greensboro, that is operated by Deena Hayes, the black chairwoman of the Guilford County school board. She has a long history of engaging in race-baiting, identity politics on the school board in a manner that has undermined the ability of teachers to maintain order and discipline in the classroom.

The Cone system has long had a progressive/socialist bent. But in response to the Covid pandemic and the George Floyd riots, its management culture went absolutely berserk.

The North State Journal also cites UNC Chapel Hill (of course), NC State University, Pitts County Public Health, and the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program as additional entities engaging in this type of training. It explains that Duke University has a “racial justice” task force.

What did the article say specifically about the Cone Health System?

DNH also points to  Cone Health’s network of hospitals and medical centers in the Greensboro area as having “gone woke” based on information provided by a whistleblower. Cone Health has apparently instituted training using REI’s Groundwater approach, book readings such as Ibram Kendi’s “How to be an antiracist,” and requiring DEI courses be taken.  

“The 2021 Cone Health DEI Report  encourages employees and organizational leaders to participate in “hardwiring DEI into everything we do” during 2022 by applying “an equity lens” to achieve the organization’s vision. This encourages staff to be political activists, not healthcare professionals,” according to DNH.  

Stay away from the hospital systems unless you have no choice.


2 thoughts on ““Anti-racist” Whistleblower: Cone Health Contracts with Deena Hayes’ “Racial Equity” Firm

  1. TC: You are absolutely correct about Deena Hayes history of race hustling. I have had confrontations with her over school policy matters.

    March 14, 2003

    Letter to the editor

    Times and people haven’t changed

    The editorial ” Part II: Lessons in how to lead” (March 8, 2003) addressed the recent intemperate outbursts by elected Guilford County officials Billy Yow and Deena Hayes. The piece was fair, balanced and thoughtful while at the same time rightfully indicting Hayes for her “prejudice.” It reminded both individuals of their duty to refrain from uttering irresponsible statements and to work to bring citizens together.

    Hayes is particularly guilty of combative and incitive language in her e-mail to the white parent in which she makes reference to “the debts” of “your ancestors.” Disappointingly the editor chose not to comment on that aspect of Hayes’ buffoonery.

    Unfortunately Deena Hayes seems to thrive on being an agitator. She appears to be obsessed with the notion that all white people are racist and will use the accusation in an attempt to intimidate anyone who disagrees with her.

    I speak from personal knowledge. In 1993 Guilford County was searching for its first school superintendent under the merged system. A candidate from Atlanta was under serious consideration when an official from the local NAACP said that he was a “blatant racist.”

    The News & Record said the charge was baseless. Back then I wrote a letter to the editor supporting the paper’s stand and suggested that the epithet “racist” was being thrown around for political advantage.

    Hayes responded to my letter with one of her own calling me “ignorant and racist.”

    That was 10 years ago. She hasn’t changed much.

    Fred H. Gregory


    From the N&R in 2015:


    Sadly most folks in this area don’t have a choice when it comes to hospitals.

    1. Wow, Fred. Hayes and the Cone system are both perfect illustrations of our local political culture. And you are right that there is little choice when it comes to hospitals. Cone has a local monopoly, and regional competing hospital systems– Atrium/Baptist, Novant, UNC– have their own issues. But Cone is in a class by itself.

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