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Letter from our Chief Executive Officer

John McConnell, MD

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s commitment to community health continues to grow in both dollars and outreach. 

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 are pleased to report that for the 2016 fiscal year, we spent $378.1 million on Community Benefits, an increase of .5 percent over the previous year’s contribution of $376.3 million.

Our Community Benefits spending includes our public outreach efforts and financial support for research, education and community programs.

We invite you to learn about our specific Community Benefits spending, and the unique programs and people associated with Wake Forest Baptist through these stories:

  • A look at the DEAC (Delivering Equal Access to Care) Clinic, our student-run, physician-staffed initiative that has provided free care to hundreds of people since it began in 2008.
  • A feature on our Epilepsy Foundation, which for years has provided free medication that prevents or limits seizures.
  • A story about the SECU Family House and how camaraderie and training take place between the relatives and patients who stay at this low-cost residence and medical students and nurses who meet with them, to better understand patient-provider relationships.

 We are pleased to work with terrific community partners in many of our outreach programs, and we are privileged to serve patients and families throughout the region. We look forward to continuing these innovative and exciting outreach efforts that help improve community health.  


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

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