HIGH POINT — High Point Medical Center recently hosted Atrium Health President and CEO Gene Woods as part of a series of informal visits by Woods to various Wake Forest Baptist Health facilities.
Woods has been touching base with Wake facilities following the announcement of a partnership between Atrium and Wake announced in the fall. The partnership took effect earlier this month as Atrium Health Inc., a nonprofit encompassing 42 hospitals and more than 1,500 health care locations.
Charlotte-based Atrium Health will invest $3.4 billion in Wake Forest Baptist Health, including High Point Medical Center, during the next 10 years as part of its partnership.
The partnership also will bring a new Wake Forest School of Medicine campus to be built in Charlotte and major investments in Winston-Salem, including building a new critical care, emergency department and surgery tower and establishing a new eye institute downtown.
During his visit, Woods watched Dr. Julie Freischlag perform a rib resection surgery, a procedure to treat thoracic outlet syndrome that involves removing a patient’s rib. Freischlag is a vascular surgeon, in addition to her roles as CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine and chief academic officer of Atrium Health.
Woods also toured the operating rooms, cardiac catheterization lab, ICU, labor and delivery, medical-surgical unit and the Hayworth Cancer Center.
Dr. Jim Hoekstra, president of High Point Medical Center, said the visit was a good opportunity for local hospital leaders to welcome Woods into the hospital family.
“When Gene asked our staff how long they had been here and what they enjoyed most about working here, many of them talked about our hospital family, the community and the team that cares for patients here,” Hoekstra said. “I could not have been prouder of the people he met or the responses he received. This is a special place, with special people, doing phenomenal work together, and I am so thankful for our staff and all they do.”