Letter from our Chief Executive Officer

John_McConnell.jpgWake 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 community health.

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 Administration.

Our Community Benefits spending includes our public outreach efforts, as well as money we spend on research, education, community programs and more. 

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 Center. 
  • 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.

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John D. McConnell, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

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