Community Benefits

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provides a variety of community benefits to Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and northwest North Carolina. Improving health in our community, state and nation is part of the mission of the Medical Center, Forsyth County’s largest employer and the only academic medical center in western North Carolina.

The benefits provided by Wake Forest Baptist take different forms - community outreach, education, research, charity care and many other unique efforts to help those in need. In the 2019 fiscal year, the Medical Center provided $580.8 million in community benefits, as reported to the state of North Carolina and the federal government.

Here is the breakdown by category:

Unreimbursed care. Wake Forest Baptist Health provided $374 million in estimated unreimbursed care in FY19, a $119.5 million increase over the previous year. This increase is primarily due to significant increases in the non-reimbursed costs of treating patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs, as well as the addition of High Point Medical Center. 

Charity care. Wake Forest Baptist Health provided $73.5 million in charity care in FY19, an $8 million increase over the previous year. The increase was primarily due to the addition of High Point Medical Center. 

Education and research. In FY19, Wake Forest Baptist Health provided $112.1 million in education funding for medical students and other health care professionals as well as research funding not covered by outside sources. This amount represents an increase of $4 million over the previous year and is due to increased research expenses in the following areas: cancer biology, neurobiology, clinical/translational science, physiology/pharmacology science and radiological science.  

Community health improvement. In FY19, Wake Forest Baptist Health provided $14.6 million in community health initiatives, operations and donations. This included our Faith Health care initiatives, athletic trainer programs in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie and Wilkes County schools, pastoral care counseling through our CareNet network, free medication to those who qualified for charity care, community donations, our Brenner FIT programs and our partnership with Novant Health at the Highland Avenue health clinic.