A Special Message from Julie Ann Freischlag, MD

Standing with our CommunityOur Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist community is deeply saddened and heartbroken by the shooting that happened at Mount Tabor High School on September 1, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. and all affected by this devastating tragedy.

We are grateful for our first responders, our Wake Forest Baptist team, and the many community partners who have responded heroically during this incredibly difficult time. The Winston-Salem community is a close community, and the violence and fear our families and neighbors experience affects all of us. In the midst of an already challenging COVID-19 pandemic, this tragedy adds an additional layer of hurt and pain that is difficult to comprehend.

In trying times like this, it is important that we lean on each other, show grace and compassion, and come together even stronger. Please take time to care for yourself and your loved ones. If you or your child are struggling, please reach out to your primary care provider or use the many support and coping services that are available through the schools, from our doctors and throughout our community. We have posted some helpful resources here and on our social media channels.

In the coming days, many in our community may also gather to mourn and offer support for one another. Please stay safe and continue to follow COVID-19 precautions to protect you and your loved ones. As always, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is here for you.

Julie Ann Freischlag, MD
CEO, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, Atrium Health