Wake Forest Baptist Health is a non-profit integrated health system serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. It includes a medical school, six hospitals, primary and specialty care facilities, clinics, diagnostic centers, plus educational and research facilities.
Medical School: http://www.wakehealth.edu/About-the-School-of-Medicine/
- Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem
- Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem
- Davie Medical Center in Bermuda Run
- Lexington Medical Center in Lexington
- Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro
- High Point Regional in High Point
Other Locations: http://www.wakehealth.edu/locations/
With five specialties listed among the nation’s finest, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings for the 24th consecutive year.
Medical School class of 1903
It took 39 years before the two-year medical school founded in 1902 at Wake Forest College formed the partnership with N.C. Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem that defines the institution today.
The story of how and why the medical school at the college, in tiny Wake Forest, N.C., decided to relocate to Winston-Salem is a fascinating tale involving visionary leaders, a community minded family committed to improving health care in northwest North Carolina, and sheer will. And the medical school's move in 1941 paved the way for the rest of Wake Forest College to relocate 15 years later.
Today, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a thriving, nationally renowned academic medical center. With 14,000 employees, it is Forsyth County's largest employer. It operates more than 1,000 acute care, psychiatric and rehabilitation beds. The medical school is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best, just as the hospital has been since 1993.
Through the links on this page, you can read the story of our early history, listen to members of the family whose efforts helped bring the medical school to Winston-Salem, and see archival images of the hospital and medical school over the decades.