Clinical Services Announced at Wilkes Medical Center
WILKESBORO, N.C. – July 21, 2017 – Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center announced plans
to expand clinical services at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical
Center during a celebration and official welcome for hospital employees and
town leaders today.
Wake Forest Baptist began its initial 30-year lease
of Wilkes Medical Center at the beginning of this month after officially
completing the agreement with the Town of North Wilkesboro.
“Today is a great day to celebrate,” said Julie
Ann Freischlag, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center. “We’ve only been leading Wilkes Medical Center since July 1, but we
have a relationship of working closely together that goes back nearly 10 years.
The expanded services we plan to bring to Wilkes will help us treat the patient
at the right location, and that means continuing to treat those who live in the
region at their home hospital – Wilkes Medical Center.”
The services to expand include:
- Electronic health records (EPIC) – Provide a behind-the-scenes service that streamlines
and standardizes care across the entire health system and allows quicker
transfers to intensive care in Winston-Salem; went into service July 1.
- General surgery – Grow the strong foundation created by Jon
Thompson, M.D., with more surgeons that will allow more patients to be treated locally.
- Hospital physicians (Hospitalists) – Care for patients while in the hospital, just like
primary care providers do when patients are back home. They collaborate with
primary care providers to administer safe and effective treatment during hospitalization
and seamless care upon discharge. Continue the current Wake Forest Baptist
program at Wilkes Medical Center by recruiting in Wake Forest Baptist providers
for better consistency in care to help achieve appropriate patient placements at
Wilkes and allow for increased use of beds for local needs.
- Obstetrics and primary care – Recruit additional physicians and advanced
practice providers to give people in the region more options of providers for
- Orthopaedics – Expand orthopaedics to a multi-physician,
comprehensive orthopaedic program allowing current patients to get needed care
- Outpatient services – Add identified clinical needs in areas such as
cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary care to keep patients conveniently close
to home for their treatments.
“A lot of thought and care has gone into the
programs we plan to expand at Wilkes Medical Center. Our goal is to help people
in this region receive care close to home from their home hospital,” said J. Gene Faile, M.B.A., FACHE, president, Wake Forest
Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center.
Another service that will continue to grow and
provide care for patients in the region is the Network Physicians of Wilkes,
which was developed by Wilkes Medical Center during its 10-year management
agreement with Carolinas HealthCare System.
“We are grateful for the leadership and management
that Carolinas HealthCare System provided Wilkes Medical Center for the past
ten years,” said Michael T. Waid, M.B.A., senior
vice president, health system operations and integration, Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center. “Their operation of Wilkes Regional provided a seamless
transition of management and care. We appreciate their foresight in helping
develop the Network Physicians of Wilkes and know growth of the network through
Wake Forest Baptist will help many more patients needing care.”
Under the terms of
the initial 30-year lease agreement, Wake Forest Baptist will invest $238
million in support of Wilkes Medical Center, the Town of North Wilkesboro, the
Wilkes community, and patients served in the region.