RALEIGH, N.C. (September 7, 2016) – For more than 45 years, WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the UNC School of Medicine have worked together to teach medical students and residents. This longstanding collaboration continues as WakeMed and the UNC School of Medicine have entered into a new 10-year agreement to provide education and training to the next generation of physicians.
On July 1, 1971, WakeMed (then known as Memorial Hospital of Wake County) welcomed its first internal medicine resident from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today, WakeMed is the primary community hospital participating site for UNC residency training and serves as one of the largest medical student teaching sites for UNC’s School of Medicine.
“We are proud of our 45-year history with UNC, bringing together our strengths and resources for the greater good of the community,” said Donald Gintzig, WakeMed president & CEO. “We have already witnessed the value of our ongoing partnership in medical education, and we’ll continue to explore collaborative efforts that enhance patient care delivery, the health of our communities and the next generation of physicians.”
WakeMed hosts more than 300 UNC medical residents in eight different specialties each year. In addition, more than 200 months of UNC medical student rotations are completed annually at WakeMed.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health care organization founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all. The 919-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, delivering health and wellness services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Women’s Hospital at WakeMed North, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center. WakeMed’s team of more than 8,600 employees, 1,500 volunteers, 1,200 affiliated physicians, and the more than 255 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices use the most advanced technologies along with the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.
SOURCE: WakeMed Health & Hospitals