Winston-Salem seniors will have increased access to state-of-the-art
healthy aging programs, thanks to an agreement in the works between Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Salemtowne Retirement Community.
two organizations plan to collaborate on comprehensive wellness programs at the
its J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation, Wake Forest Baptist
currently provides primary care to Salemtowne’s residential living, assisted
living and long-term care residents. Wake Forest Baptist physician Sarah Redding, M.D., holds clinic hours two to three times a
week at the retirement community and also oversees the care coordination of
Navigation by Salemtowne, a continuing care program for seniors in the wider
community in their homes.
Forest Baptist faculty and staff from the Sticht Center regularly present
public lectures on successful aging at Salemtowne. The center also invites
residents to participate in research studies.
organizations recently signed a letter of intent to investigate further
partnership opportunities. Among the ideas being considered is development of
an evidence-based successful aging program for residents that will combine Wake
Forest Baptist's assessments of gait, balance and physical performance with
Salemtowne's holistic approach, which emphasizes the social, intellectual,
spiritual and physical dimensions of wellness.
partners are also discussing bringing the medical center's clinical expertise
and research on brain health to Salemtowne's memory support program, a key part of the new
health care and rehabilitation center expected to open on the Salemtowne campus
have a long-standing relationship with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,”
said Mark Steele, president and CEO of Salemtowne. “This new
opportunity allows us to explore together how we can better serve older adults
and find ways to improve the quality of life for this growing population in the
prospect of future research into successful aging – and the opportunity to
apply that research at Salemtowne – is a major draw for both organizations.
are looking at our existing research on aging programs to see if our
affiliation with Salemtowne will lead to additional research opportunities,”
Hoekstra, M.D., vice president, network clinical affairs at
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “The more research results we can integrate
into a local and national care model, the better chances researchers have to
find answers to new questions that arise regarding best practices for providing
prevention and treatment in our nation’s rapidly aging population.”
Forest Baptist’s gerontology and geriatric medicine program based at the Sticht
Center is a national leader in aging and cognition and offers patients a myriad
of leading-edge clinical and research programs at one of the earliest established
geriatrics-focused facilities in the United States.