April 15, 2008

The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners has endorsed the proposed Davie Hospital to be located near southern Yadkin County.

The Board adopted a resolution supporting the Certificate of Need requested by Davie County Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to build a 50-bed hospital on Hwy 801 near I-40.

“Southern Yadkin County is included in the service area of the proposed hospital,” said Donny Lambeth, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of NC Baptist Hospital. “The location will be convenient to many residents of southern Yadkin County.”

The resolution notes that the Davie Hospital will have a broad range of services needed by the residents of southern Yadkin County, including surgical, diagnostic imaging and 24-hour emergency care. “Our goal is to complement the services offered by Hoots Memorial, which is a smaller hospital,” said Lambeth. “For example, we envision surgery being performed at Davie Hospital and follow-up therapy at Hoots.”

“We believe the combination of Davie and Hoots will improve access to healthcare by reducing the number of trips our citizens make to Winston-Salem,” said Kim Phillips, Chair of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners.

Citizens wishing to express their support for Davie’s application can email Lambeth at Lambeth-DCH@wfubmc.edu or send a letter to Donny Lambeth at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. Emails and letters should be received by April 30.

Yadkin County residents are encouraged to voice their support at the State’s public hearing, beginning at 2 p.m. May 12 at Cornerstone Christian Church on Hwy 801.

For more information about the proposed Davie Hospital, visit www.daviehospital.net.

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Media Contact: Jonnie Rohrer, jrohrer@wfubmc.edu, at 336 716.6972.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the University’s School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the Nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and 4th in the Southeastern United States in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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