Wake Forest Baptist, High Point Regional Continue Integration Work
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and UNC Health Care, the parent organization of High Point Regional Health, are continuing work to complete a binding agreement to transition ownership of High Point Regional to Wake Forest Baptist.
Leadership from both Wake Forest Baptist and High Point Regional Health are working together to take the necessary steps toward full integration which is anticipated early this fall.
“Together, we have accomplished so much already,” said Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist and dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. “This next phase brings together our teams to determine mutual areas of strength and opportunity for growth. The energy, collaboration and dedication the teams bring to this very important work are amazing.”
With due diligence completed, teams from both Wake Forest Baptist and High Point Regional are continuing the complex effort to integrate the multiple systems, processes and work streams of both institutions to ensure a seamless transition of High Point Regional and its affiliates into the Wake Forest Baptist family.
State’s Only Oncology ICU Offers Critical Care, Comfort
Wake Forest Baptist’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has opened an Oncology Intensive Care Unit (OICU)—the first of its kind in North Carolina and one of the few in the country.
The 12-bed OICU, which opened in January, is dedicated to treating adult patients with cancer and blood disorders requiring critical care. While patients with cancer make up the majority, this dedicated unit also provides expert care for malignant and non-malignant bleeding disorders.
“Cancer and its therapies encumber the immune system resulting in the body not always being able to protect itself from getting an infection,” said Peter Miller, MD, assistant professor of hematology and critical care. “That’s where an oncology ICU steps in. For a severely ill cancer patient to receive optimal care it requires multidisciplinary expertise in hematology, oncology and critical care—and that concentrated proficiency is what defines an oncology ICU and sets it apart.”
Innovative Partnership to Foster Physical, Financial Health
Wake Forest Baptist and Allegacy Federal Credit Union have announced an innovative partnership—believed to be the first of its kind in the country—focused on improving both the physical and financial well-being of people in our community.
WellQ, located at 575 N. Patterson Avenue next to the Allegacy financial center at Biotech Place in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, is a membership-based service that provides access to convenient high-quality health care for everyday illnesses and wellness needs, along with wellness and financial coaching and education.
Members will enjoy same day treatment of minor illnesses such as strep throat, upper respiratory illnesses, poison ivy and pink eye, for just $35 per visit. Financial benefits include membership at Allegacy Federal Credit Union with an AllHealth Wellness Savings Account, offering higher-than-market dividends, health care financial advising, no-obligation Healthcare Financial Planning to help plan for current and future health care costs and on-site financial education classes.
“There is a strong correlation between people’s physical and financial wellbeing as financial stress can negatively impact their physical health and vice versa,” said Cathy J. Pace, Allegacy’s president and CEO.
Tomlinson Ends Successful Tenure with Wake Forest Innovations, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Eric Tomlinson DSc, PhD, stepped down from his roles as Wake Forest Baptist’s chief innovation officer and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, effective March 1.
Tomlinson joined Wake Forest Baptist in June 2012 and brought extensive experience in product development and commercialization, licensing and capital formation to the new Innovations brand. His energy and vision helped create a vibrant, “work, live, learn, play” atmosphere in the Innovation Quarter.
During his tenure, Tomlinson led the transformation of the former tobacco district into a nationally recognized hub for research, business and education which has seen the number of workers quadruple to more than 3,600; a 10-fold increase in the number of companies to over 150; the annual arrival of several thousand students and workforce trainees; the doubling of workspace to 2 million square feet and, in 2017, the participation of over 35,000 members of the public in more than 230 community events around Bailey Park and Wake Forest Biotech Place.