Hospitals & Medical
Concurrent with the rise of banking in the 1980’s and '90’s, Winston-Salem experienced a tremendous increase in medicine and health care assets. Winston-Salem is the home of two regional medical facilities, Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Forsyth Medical Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Health each operate hospitals in Winston-Salem that serve as regional medical centers. The hospitals are the flagships for large, diversified medical service corporations that include community hospitals, health-maintenance organizations, physician practices and outpatient and diagnostic clinics.
Wake Forest Baptist Health is comprised of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina Baptist Hospital, and Brenner Children's Hospital and Health Center.
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter (Winston-Salem Research Park)
In recent developments, Wake Forest Baptist Health announced plans to pursue a 180-acre expansion of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter (Winston-Salem Research Park) in downtown Winston-Salem. Anchored by a new research campus for Wake Forest University School of Medicine, it will be a significant addition to North Carolina's "Biotechnology Corridor."
The proposed expansion to the research park, more than 10 times the size of the current park, would be bordered on the north by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, on the east by U.S. Highway 52, on the south by Salem Creek and on the west by Chestnut Street. The expansion would be in close proximity to both Winston-Salem State University and Salem College. "We anticipate that this expansion will create significant opportunity for developing the shared interests of Winston-Salem State, Salem College and other entities," said Thomas K. Hearn, Jr., Ph.D., former president of Wake Forest University and chairman of the board of directors of Idealliance, the non-profit innovation community spearheading the research park.
Not so coincidentally, Winston-Salem is increasingly being recognized as a medical think & do tank for research and development. With a growing list of research successes and medical accolades to ballyhoo perhaps two entities stand prominently in the national and international medical spotlight . Dr. Anthony Atala, a world-renowed urologist, was lured from Harvard to Wake Forest Baptist Medical's Regenerative Medicine and is pioneering research that includes growing organs, tissue and skin cells. On the pharmaceutical side, is Targacept, a Winston-Salem-based company that has gained world-wide notoriety for its advances in developing neuroscience medicines specifically in the areas of manic depression, ADHD and Alzheimer's disease.