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History and Mission


The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation is a state-of-the-art geriatric clinical and research center which combines the resources of the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine of the Department of Internal Medicine. The Center was named in honor of its benefactor J. Paul Sticht, who contributed the funding to establish the Center. This $40 million facility opened in 1997 and is the first facility in the world to incorporate geriatric acute care, transitional care, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and clinical research under one roof.

The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging is the umbrella under which a comprehensive array of clinical and research programs reside. These include the Section on Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Department of Internal Medicine, the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Geriatric Research Center, the Oristano Program, and the Roena Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research.


Our Comprehensive Care Is About More Than Medicine

The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation serves as the major catalyst for developing models and synergism in the areas of clinical care, research, and education across all departments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to provide regional and national models of health care that improve the health of the elderly in the Piedmont Region and beyond.

We Treat You Like No One Else

Caring for patients with multiple, complex health problems is a specialty. Whether an older adult recovering from a stroke or a young patient with a traumatic brain injury, each patient has unique physical, mental and social needs. Understanding and meeting those individual needs is the singular focus of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation.

To provide the most advanced care in our community, the Sticht Center has gone outside the traditional boundaries of medical treatment. As a matter of fact, it is the only facility of its kind that offers geriatric medicine, rehabilitation, and psychiatry services all under one roof.

But despite "the roof" we don't look at our Center as a building, but rather a complete system of comprehensive care. Our philosophies, treatment and research touch people throughout the nation - not just the patients within our walls.


Last Updated: 09-12-2016
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