Grace Terrell, MD Honored with President’s Recognition

Terrell_Grace_MD (2)NCMS awarded Grace Emerson Terrell, MD, FACP, FACPE, with a special Presidential Recognition for Exceptional Physician Leadership and Innovation. The award recognizes her exceptional leadership, vision, inspiration, and service to the medical profession.

Dr. Terrell, a general internist in private practice at Cornerstone Internal Medicine at Westchester, High Point, N.C. since 1993, also has served as the President and CEO of Cornerstone Health Care since 2000. Dr. Terrell has tirelessly charted new territory for her practice and for the rest of the North Carolina medical community to move from our current fragmented health care system to a more integrated system driven by value and led by physicians who can safeguard the best interest of their patients. Dr. Terrell has motivated, challenged, and inspired her fellow physicians to see the benefits of working together for positive change, to eliminate waste from the system, and to improve the health and health care experience of patients.

She is an active member of the NCMS Accountable Care Task Force and of the Physician Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative. As President and CEO of a large multispecialty group and Accountable Care Organization of more than 300 physicians and mid-level healthcare professionals, she has helped guide it to receive National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition in several areas.

With seemingly boundless energy, she serves with numerous other groups including the American Medical Association Innovators Committee and the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Task Force and the American College of Physician Executives Board of Directors. In her spare time, she also has managed to coauthor a book titled:  MD 2.0: Physician Leadership for the Information Century.

 Her list of honors is extensive, including notable recognitions such as Morehead scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, North Carolina Medical Society Young Leader Award, Triad Business Journal’s “Ten to Watch” List and “Most Influential People in the Triad,” a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners; a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physicians Executives.

 A UNC undergrad, she went on to receive her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. She left North Carolina briefly to earn her Master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Congratulations, Dr. Terrell!


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