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Seeing a Need, a Guest Returns with a Gift

There was a great deal for special guests to see when we opened our Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in July. The building houses Wake Forest School of Medicine’s MD program, and it is spectacular. It is a technologically advanced environment that will help us deliver the kind of high-quality education we have a…

Because of Brenner Children’s Hospital

ITS IMPACT REACHES BEYOND WINSTON-SALEM The hypothetical question produces a thoughtful pause and two answers from Alisa Starbuck, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, NEA-BC. The question: What if there were no Brenner Children’s Hospital? “Children would still get good basic care but not the specialized care they need,” says Starbuck, drawing on her 30 years of work…

Our New Chair of Pediatrics

Katherine A. Poehling, MD ’95, MPH, The Weston M. Kelsey Professor of Pediatrics Named Chair in October 2016 Served as Interim Chair since May 2015; highlights include: A strategic plan for Brenner Children’s Hospital was developed with broad input from faculty, staff and families Pediatrics/Brenner Children’s faculty have expanded with recruits in multiple subspecialties The…

Brenner Programs & Services

Some of the programs and services provided by or affiliated with Brenner Children’s Hospital: North Carolina’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center—the highest designation possible. A modern emergency department designed just for children. One of the largest neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in the state, with plans for updating it with a modern, family-focused design.…

Wyatt Kicks Cancer

ONE FAMILY’S JOURNEY When you meet Wyatt Cottrell, the first thing you notice is his energy—whether it’s playing hide-and-seek, riding his tricycle or roaming the family’s 30 acres of land with his grandfather, Wyatt is a blur of motion and near-constant chatter. “He is wide open and wanting to go,” says Autumn Cottrell, his mother.…

Care at Brenner Illuminates Career Path

Rachel Oliver Smith now works at the children’s hospital where she once received cancer treatments Rachel Oliver Smith knows precisely what the young cancer patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital are going through. A little more than 20 years ago, she was one of them—a little 4-year-old girl at Brenner Children’s facing the enormity of T-cell…

One Estate Gift

THREE PROFESSORSHIPS, UNTOLD POTENTIAL When former Greensboro, N.C., resident Doris Stormyr Anderson died in 2013 at age 94, she designated funds in her estate plan to support cancer research at multiple academic medical centers in North Carolina. That included Wake Forest Baptist, which received $2.8 million from her estate for its Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her…

Research Update

NEW KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ‘SILENT’ HEART ATTACKS Nearly half of all heart attacks may be “silent,” and like those that cause chest pain or other warning signs, silent heart attacks increase the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes, according to research published this spring in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The multi-institutional…

News Update

MEDICAL CENTER TO ESTABLISH NIH-FUNDED ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH CENTER The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center a grant worth an estimated $8.7 million over five years to establish a new center for research into Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) at Wake Forest Baptist is among 31 NIH-funded…