Terrell named businesswoman of year

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 05:57 PM

Standing at a podium at High Point Country Club Wednesday, Dr. Grace Terrell wasn’t expecting to see her parents and other family members in the back of the room.
Having just been honored with the High Point Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business Woman of the Year award, Terrell was talking about crediting others for her success when her remarks took on a special poignancy.
“The giants in my life are my family,” Terrell said, acknowledging her parents, siblings, husband, children and other family members, some of whom traveled from out of town to see her presented with the award during a luncheon at the country club. “If I’ve done anything, it’s because I have a family of giants.”
The president and CEO of High Point-based Cornerstone Health Care, Terrell was recognized for being a leader in the High Point community and in the medical profession.
“I was completely surprised to see all my family here; I just had no idea,” she said afterward. “I just feel very humble and overwhelmed. It’s not about me; it’s about our community. And what I learned growing up, I still believe in, which is: It needs to be about what you can do with what you’ve been given in life. So, if we can do more with what we’ve got, then that’s what we ought to be doing.”
The award is presented annually to a chamber member who “has demonstrated and exemplified their commitment to superb service and selflessness to their profession and their community,” according to the organization.
Chamber board Chairman Kelly Sain said Terrell has been active in community service through organizations like the United Way of Greater High Point, and has garnered professional awards through the North Carolina Medical Society.
Sain praised Terrell as a nationally recognized expert on health care reform issues.
“Her tireless efforts are helping to move the health care system from one that is focused on volume of service to a system focused on increasing value and patient satisfaction, while at the same time decreasing costs,” Sain said. “Most of all, she is known for her deep insights, good humor and her positive attitude. I’m amazed at her energy level. In addition to her leadership in health care, she still makes it a mission to improve our community and provide superior quality of care to patients.”
The keynote speaker for Wednesday’s luncheon was Heather Richardson, a High Point native and professional speedskater who competed in the 2010 Olympics and is preparing for next year’s games in Russia.
Richardson has been dominating the sport lately, winning events and setting records in advance of her ultimate quest to win an Olympic gold medal. She said she’s inspired by fellow High Pointers, such as the cancer patients with whom her mother works at High Point Regional UNC Health Care.  
“People always ask me what keeps me motivated, what makes me wake up and go to practice in the morning. Something that’s really close to my heart — my mom works at the Cancer Center in High Point,” Richardson said. “All of her patients walk in and ask about me every day. It’s just something that’s really close to me, because they’re coming in to this office, fighting for their lives, but yet they’re asking how I’m doing. So that’s something I really appreciate.”