Letter from Our Chief Executive Officer
The connection between Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the community at large has been strong throughout the more than 90 years we have been in operation. Our commitment is to offer the highest-level care we can for you and your family, and to uplift the overall health of the community as a whole.
As an academic medical center, not only are we devoted to giving you the highest level of excellence in care and the latest technologies and treatments, but we are committed to educating future doctors, clinicians and scientists and researching the cures of tomorrow.
Toward that end, we’re proud to share our annual report on the community health benefits provided in the 2013 fiscal year by the Medical Center. These benefits reflect our commitment to every part of our mission, in particular the services and programs that provide a foundation for health for the community at large.
As reported to the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, Wake Forest Baptist invested $259 million in programs it defines as community benefits for the fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. That number reflects a 9 percent increase over the previous year.
Our community benefits total of $259 million includes charity care, but does not include bad debt from charges the hospital is unable to recoup—which amounted to an additional $44.9 million.
We invite you to take the opportunity to read about our commitments in the community, through charity care, education and research, and subsidies to wonderful outpatient clinics such as the Downtown Health Plaza. We also offer you a glimpse at some of these programs and the people in our community who we are privileged to serve.
John D. McConnell, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center