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Medical Center Board Expands

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The governing board of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has elected four new members, as the implementation begins of the integrated organizational structure.

Arthur A. Gibel of Winston-Salem, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, and William C. Warden Jr. of Wilkesboro, retired executive from Lowe’s, represent North Carolina Baptist Hospital on the Medical Center Board.

Donald E. Flow of Winston-Salem, CEO of Flow Automotive, and K. Wayne Smith, a retired business and government executive from Newton, represent Wake Forest University Health Sciences on the Medical Center Board.

That brings to 12 the members of the Medical Center Board, chaired by Steve Robertson, a Mocksville businessman.

The Medical Center Board is the single, overarching governing body with responsibility and authority to develop a unified vision, joint strategy and management of the Medical Center.

Under the new structure, there will be one chief executive officer for the entire Medical Center, which, with more than 11,000 employees, is the largest employer in the Piedmont Triad. The combined net revenue of the Medical Center is projected to be $1.6 billion this year.

“Expanding the Board is the first major action since the reorganization decision was made in March,” said Robertson. “These four individuals have outstanding credentials in business and government and will draw from a wealth of experience on governing boards. We are grateful for their willingness to help guide the implementation.”

Other members of the Medical Center Board are Roger Cothran of Cornelius, Ernest L. Evans of Ahoskie and Joseph R. Overby Jr., M.D., of New Bern, who, along with Robertson, represent the board of North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Graham Denton of Charlotte, Marvin Gentry of King, Murray Greason of Winston-Salem and Robert Greene of Winston-Salem represent the board of Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Denton, Flow, Gentry, Greason, Greene and Smith also are trustees of Wake Forest University.

Legally, North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences will remain separate organizations, and there will be no change in names or transfers of assets. The umbrella organization will continue to be named Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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Media contact: Mark Wright, (336) 716-3382,; Bonnie Davis, (336) 716-2415,; Karen Richardson,, (336) 716-4587.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,238 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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