About the Program
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
WFBMC is a tertiary care, level-one trauma center serving a four state area and is the primary teaching hospital for the Wake Forest School of Medicine. We are the primary referral hospital for 26 surrounding counties. There are approved training programs in all specialty areas with a total house staff complement of more than 600 and 400 total full time faculty. Our emergency department (ED) sees in excess of 110,000 patients annually, 26.5% of which are pediatric emergency department visits. The high acuity of our patient population is reflected in a ~25% admission rate, of which 76% go to monitored beds (ICU, CCU, IMC, acute care, telemetry). Up to 50% of our hospital's admissions are from our ED. Our trauma center continues to be one of the busiest trauma centers in North Carolina.
We have two separate EDs on campus: adult and pediatric. Our adult ED has separate areas for acute care patients, fast track, and psychiatric patients. The trauma resuscitation area is equipped with portable x-ray and ultrasound capabilities, as well as a CT scanner within the ED. All other acute care beds are equipped with full monitoring capabilities. Specialty equipment such as a slit lamp, fiber optic scopes, and ultrasound machines are permanent ED equipment. A 16-bed ED clinical decision/observation unit is staffed by the department of emergency medicine. Our brand new state-of-the-art Pediatric ED (see below) opened for patients in April of 2011. The Pediatric ED is North Carolina's only Level One Pediatric Trauma Center and cares for more than 30,000 children annually.
The department has full time radiology support including 24-hour in house radiologists and a dedicated 64-slice CT scanner. Ancillary personnel in the department include a full time dedicated nursing staff in excess of 50, most of whom are CEN certified and career ED nurses. There are ample other ancillary personnel including radiology techs, respiratory therapists and patient assistants to allow the house staff to function as physicians, not technicians.
Our department is one of two paramedic base stations for medical control of EMS within the city. We serve as a major training facility for medical students, physician assistants, paramedics and EMTs. AirCare, our busy helicopter service, makes in excess of 1000 flights annually. The hospital has a total of 75 ICU beds including a 9 bed Pediatric ICU and 6 bed burn unit as well as 24 operating rooms.
WFBMC "points of excellence" include being ranked among the nation's top 50 hospitals by U.S. News & World Reports. Patient satisfaction scores at WFBMC are among the highest in the nation according to the health care industry's top satisfaction management and improvement firm. The hospital ranks in the top one percent among its peer groups, including elite academic teaching hospitals and hospitals with 600 or more beds.
Brenner Children’s Hospital
Brenner Children's Hospital, located on the campus of WFBMC, is western NC's only fully multi-disciplinary pediatric facility. With 160 beds and numerous sub-specialty satellite clinics, Brenner Children's has about 4,500 inpatient admissions and 56,000 outpatient visits annually.
The brand new pediatric emergency department (ED) opened in 2011 and is staffed by EM Faculty and residents. The patient census is in excess of 30,000 annual visits. This state-of-the-art pediatric ED offers child sized equipment, the latest diagnostic equipment and family-friendly treatment areas. The facility includes 24-treatment rooms and 20,655 square feet of space. Wake Forest Baptist Health is a leader in North Carolina offering this level of pediatric emergency expertise. It operates North Carolina's only Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center - one of only 38 nationwide verified by the American College of Surgeons.
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital (MCMH) located in Greensboro, NC is our affiliated community teaching hospital. Greensboro, only a 30-minute drive from Winston-Salem, is NC’s third largest city with a population of a quarter of a million people. MCMH is a 535-bed community hospital designated as a level two trauma center with an annual ED volume of more than 90,000 patients per year. The ED has a total of 52 beds with separate areas for fast track and pediatric patients. Other facilities on campus include a heart and vascular center, rehab, and neuroscience center. Housing is provided for residents as needed.
Forsyth Medical Center
Forsyth Medical Center (FMC), located within 1-mile of WFBMC, is a 961-bed, not-for-profit, tertiary care hospital. Offerings include a full continuum of emergency, medical, surgical, rehabilitative and behavioral health services.
FMC serves as the primary obstetrical hospital for Forsyth County which includes the city of Winston-Salem. EM residents rotate at FMC during their first year obstetrical rotation.