Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center offers a full line of comprehensive medical services.
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- In-Patient Rehabilitation Services
- Laboratory and Pathology
- Respiratory Therapy
- Sleep Lab
- Surgical Services
Each anesthetic care plan is tailored to the needs of the individual and is based upon the pre-operative assessment and the type of surgery that is to be performed. Our professional staff is qualified in many anesthetic techniques and works with state-of-the-art equipment.
The anesthesia department provides services throughout the hospital including the Radiology Department, Emergency Room, ICU and on the patient floors.
Cardiology Services offers non-invasive diagnostics and treatment for patients with heart, and cardiopulmonary problems.
All services are provided for inpatients and outpatients:
- Noninvasive Arterial Studies
- EKG / Rhythm Strips
- Event Recorders (Zio Patches)
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
- Stress Echocardiogram
- Cardiolite Treadmill Stress Tests
- Lexiscan Cardiolite Stress Tests
- Dobutamine Cardiolite Stress Tests
- Pharmacological Stress Echo
- Dobutamine Stress Echo
- Pacemaker Monitoring
- INR Monitoring
Hospitalists are board certified physicians in family medicine or internal medicine that work in the hospital to provide admissions, patient follow-up, review of medical tests and direct each patient's treatment plan. While doing so, they remain in contact with the patient's primary care physician. When the patient is discharged, they assist in the transition of care back to the patient's primary care physician.
How Does the Hospitalist Program Work?
- A primary care physician may choose to refer patients to the hospital to provide inpatient care.
- Your doctor will contact our hospitalists who will admit you to the hospital and begin your care through a coordinated plan among physicians, nurses and support staff.
- During your stay at Wilkes Medical Center, the hospitalist will keep in close contact with your primary care physician. Hospitalists may also be asked to provide consultation by surgeons and other specialists.
- Following your discharge from Wilkes Medical Center, your primary care or specialist will resume your care.
In-Patient Rehabilitation Services
Wilkes Medical Center offers in-patient rehab services including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Rehab services is one part of the team you will encounter during a stay in the hospital. Rehab is used frequently for post surgical treatment, stroke rehabilitation and stays in our skilled nursing facility.
Our primary goal is to prevent or minimize disability, to restore patients’ functional capacities to an optimum level, and to assist them to maintain that level and continue to live a productive life.
Laboratory and Pathology
The Clinical Laboratory of Wilkes Medical Center is composed of a staff of dedicated professionals qualified as Clinical Laboratory Assistants (CLA), Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), Medical Technologists (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and Pathologists.
The Laboratory Department is a state-of-the-art facility that provides a full range of clinical diagnostic laboratory services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
The Laboratory is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. It is staffed by dedicated professionals who play an important role on the hospital medical care team.
There are over 1,200 clinical tests available to our medical staff, with more than 350 different tests performed in the hospital clinical laboratory. These clinical tests provide important information for physicians and nurses, so they can provide excellent care for our patients.
Our blood products are provided by the American Red Cross. Most all of our blood supply is obtained from volunteer donors living here in our region. Please consider becoming a blood donor volunteer and participate in local American Red Cross blood drives.
Neurodiagnostic technicians perform electroencephalogram (EEG) that may assist in the diagnosis and treatment of neuralgic disorders. Electromyography (EMG) provides physicians with information concerning muscular function and Nerve Conduction Study assist with information concerning nerve function.
Nursing care is provided by a professional team of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. A nurse manager is responsible for directing and coordinating nursing care on each unit. The nursing staff strives to provide you with compassionate care that recognizes and respects your individual needs and beliefs while maintaining a safe environment.
We have an inpatient wound care team and a rapid response team comprised of experienced critical care, ED and other nurses who provide critical responses to emergencies outside of the ICU.
Our nurses provide expert and compassionate care to our patients throughout the hospital:
- Critical Care Unit - designed to give specialized care to patients who are critically ill
- Surgical - focused on the care of both preoperative and postoperative patients
- Emergency Department
- Surgical Services
- Skilled Nursing Facility
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab and the Heart Center - provides inpatient and outpatient cardiac diagnostic services
- Labor and Delivery - New Beginnings Birthing Center
- General Medicine
- IMCU - telemetry unit provides an intermediate level of care for patients who need cardiac monitoring but do not require the high degree of care that the critical care unit provides
Skilled Nursing Facility
The Skilled Nursing Facility at Wilkes Medical Center provides specialized care for up to 10 patients at a time.
Our focus is on rehabilitation and our goal is to provide personalized care which will enable patients to regain their maximum level of independence and return home. Physicians monitor individualized plans of care and assure that quality medical and professional assistance is provided. Our professional services include: registered and licensed practical nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; social work for discharge planning; dietary consultation and recreational activities.
Individualized activities are provided. A dayroom is available for family visits, parties and for meal time. Services are available to assist the patient and the family as needed.
We have 2 hospital councils that focus on local nursing practice issues. In addition, we have representation and collaborate with system-level professional nursing governance.
To apply for a nursing job with us, select the link below and enter "Wilkes" into the keyword search to find jobs available at Wilkes Medical Center.
Wilkes Medical Center employs a skilled team of licensed respiratory therapists that provide patient care throughout our facility. Performing diagnostic testing and a wide range of therapies, the Respiratory Therapy Department works closely with nurses and physicians to test for and treat lung diseases. Patients with respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, occupational lung disease, COPD, pneumonia and other lung disorders can breathe easier knowing that a highly trained respiratory therapist is on the job 24 hours per day.
- Arterial blood gases
- Pulmonary function studies
- Respiratory treatment modalities
- Invasive and noninvasive ventilation
General surgeries as well as many of the highly specialized surgical services are available to inpatients and outpatients.
Our surgical unit is a 16-bed facility focused on the care of both preoperative and postoperative patients. Care is provided for acute and planned surgeries for many conditions including, but not limited to orthopedic, urologic and GI. All patient rooms are single occupancy to enhance privacy and provide a comfortable environment during the recuperative period.
The unit is staffed by registered nurses and supported by additional caregivers. Care is delivered utilizing a team approach, which enhances departmental communication and quality of patient care.