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Atrium Health, Wake Forest University Collab to Create Next-Gen Academic Healthcare System


The organizations hope to transform medical education and expand patient-centered research.

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Today Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University announced their agreement to create a next-generation academic healthcare system.

The announcement included plans to build on Wake Forest School of Medicine and develop a second state-of-the-art campus in Charlotte, N.C.

The healthcare organizations will invest in the health and well-being of people throughout the region and contribute research and innovation to the world.

The organizations have a shared vision to further transform medical education, expand patient-centered research and innovation and empower the next generation of clinical excellence.

The mission of the organizations is to continuously improve health for all communities they serve, from large cities to small rural communities, making care more accessible and affordable for the nearly 6.8 million residents near the systems’ respective service areas.

“Just imagine the powerful possibilities to advance modern medicine by linking breakthrough science directly with our patients in a way that significantly enhances their cognitive and physical functioning — and allows them to live independently for longer,” said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health.

By combining the resources of the three organizations, the academic healthcare system would create an environment to redefine physician training with a curriculum that develops focused skillsets to best support the future of medical care.

There is also potential for the organizations to transform health for communities served through innovative data and evidence-driven public health programs, value-based care models that improve social determinants of health and next generation primary care experiences that seek to improve health and well-being.

The program could connect patients, caregivers, clinicians, academics, students, entrepreneurs and future leaders and could encourage them to work together to expand modern and affordable treatment options, to alleviate barriers to care and to solve pressing healthcare issues.

Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University signed a Memorandum of Understanding and have agreed to start exclusive negotiations with the goal of entering a final agreement later this year.

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