Letter from our Chief Executive Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a Learning Health Care
System that drives continuous improvement by translating what we learn into
what we do. We strive to provide care, education and an improved experience for
patients and their families in ways that demonstrate our commitment to
Each year, we report to the state of North Carolina the
value of our “Community Benefits,’’ the services and programs that we offer to
the community at large.
We’re pleased to report that for the 2015 fiscal year, we’ve
spent $376.3 million on Community Benefits, an increase of $103.7 million, or 38
percent, over the previous year. Much of that increase was driven because Wake
Forest Baptist picked up the cost of unreimbursed or reduced government
payments from programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans
Our Community Benefits spending includes our public outreach
efforts, as well as money we spend on research, education, community programs
We invite you to learn about our specific Community Benefits
spending, as well as some of the unique programs and people associated with
Wake Forest Baptist. These stories include:
- A profile of one of our longtime benefactors, Barbara
MacKay Vinson, who has raised more than $1 million for our Comprehensive Cancer
- A look at a free dental clinic that helped
nearly 700 people without insurance to receive dental care.
- An educational seminar that taught pastors and
lay church members skills to assist them when speaking with people feeling suicidal.
It is a privilege for us to have great partners in
many programs that benefit the community. We are honored to work with them and to
serve patients and families throughout the region.
John D. McConnell, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center