Historic Natural Water Feature Adopted for Clean-up

April 12, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Richard H. Dean, M.D., CEO and president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, and Dan Besse, city councilman for the southwest ward of Winston-Salem, have partnered to form an Adopt-a-Stream work team for the historic Falls of Bath.

The falls, named by Moravian settlers, are part of the Bath Branch tributary to Salem Creek. Dean and Besse will bring volunteers from Wake Forest University Health Sciences and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem, respectively. The first outing will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 17.

The Falls of Bath section of Bath Branch is in the southern district of the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP) and is just north of Stadium Drive between Salem College and Winston-Salem State University.

Dean’s commitment to the PTRP development and Besse’s longstanding interest in environmental affairs led them to this effort to preserve and enhance the Bath Branch. The headwaters of Bath Branch are currently underground in the central and northern districts of the PTRP. Plans call for the stream to be uncovered and developed as a natural element in the PTRP. The Falls of Bath consists of upper, middle and lower pools extending approximately 200 feet over an elevation drop of about 12 feet.


Media Contact: Steve McCollum, 716-4805 or mccollum@wfubmc.edu.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,282 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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