WRMC will be Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center
Contact: Tammy G. Love
VP of Business Development
Phone: (336) 651-8116
By Wilkes Journal-Patriot Staff
Wilkes Regional Medical Center will be called Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center when its long-term lease to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center starts July 2, stated a press release from Winston-Salem-based Wake Forest Baptist.
“Our future is promising and excitement continues to build across both Wilkes Regional and Wake Forest Baptist,” said J. Gene Faile, WRMC president and CEO.
“Our new name will communicate to our patients that they can continue to expect the great care they are used to from their community hospital, and soon, they will have increased access—right here in Wilkes County—to the expertise of an academic medical center, including many doctors who are among the top leaders in their fields and the latest in patient care and research.”
“The new name aligns Wilkes Regional with the other hospitals in the Wake Forest Baptist network. The decision to drop the word “regional” was decided in a survey of more than 730 Wilkes Regional employees who represented both the hospital and the Wilkes community,” the press release said.
“The integration of Wilkes Regional with Wake Forest Baptist continues to progress smoothly. The electronic medical record transition to Wake Forest Baptist’s system is almost complete. Employees began training on the system last month. Human resources conversion is in progress, and Wilkes Regional continues to prepare for integration of its supply chain and other services to Wake Forest Baptist.”
The release said Wilkes residents can expect to start seeing hospital signage changed to the new name beginning July 1.