About Community Benefits
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provides a variety of community benefits to Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and northwest North Carolina. Improving health in our community, state and nation is part of the mission of the Medical Center, Forsyth County’s largest employer and the only academic medical center in western North Carolina.
The benefits provided by Wake Forest Baptist take different forms—community outreach, education, research, charity care and many other unique efforts to help those in need. In the 2014 fiscal year, the Medical Center provided $272.6 million in community benefits, as reported to the state of North Carolina and the federal government.
Our community benefits include:
- Providing millions of dollars in charity care to those who cannot afford health care. In addition, Wake Forest Baptist has created innovative programs designed to help people avoid long-term health problems. One such program, Care Plus, provides a team, including a physician, nurse practitioner, patient navigator and social worker to support patients with chronic illnesses who require frequent hospitalization. The goal of the team is to better address the root causes of a patient’s health problems, educating them in a way that avoids the need for hospitalization.
- Supporting health and medical education programs to train our future health providers and tomorrow’s leaders.
- Contributing to research into the treatments and cures of tomorrow.
- Sponsoring health screenings, community service programming, health ministry and dozens of special programs.
Click here to read a letter from our chief executive officer about our annual Community Benefits report.
Use the links to the left to see a chart showing the 2014 numbers, and to read about programs in Winston-Salem and the region that are supported by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.