Living in Winston-Salem means enjoying the best of what North Carolina has to offer at a pace that is perfect for individuals and families. Winston-Salem offers a unique blend of charm and sophistication, art and industry, recreation and competition.
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The healthcare sector is the largest employer in Winston-Salem with nationally recognized hospitals and world class medical research. Winston-Salem is home to a great non-profit healthcare system, Novant Health, as well as having nationally ranked teaching hospitals as part of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Novant Health Systems based in Winston-Salem provides healthcare services for nearly 3.4 million North Carolina residents through their seven hospitals including hospitals in Charlotte and Thomasville, three nursing homes and senior residential facilities, physician practices, outpatient surgery centers, as well as rehabilitation and community health outreach programs. Novant serves Winston-Salem and Forsyth County through Forsyth Medical Center and Medical Park Hospital. Novant is also a leading employer in the Piedmont Triad employing more than 6,900 people. Together Novant Health and Forsyth Medical Center have won many awards for excellence. Forsyth Medical Center recently received awards of excellence in nursing care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, Novant Health has been named to Modern Healthcare's list of the top 100 integrated health networks in the nation. Forsyth Medical Center includes the Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health which offers a number of focuses on women’s health. It is the second largest birthing center in the state with more than 6,600 births per year—nearly 19 deliveries a day!
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is composed of both the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (one of only four medical schools in the state) as well as the North Carolina Baptist Hospital. WFUBMC is the largest employer in the Piedmont Triad providing 11,235 jobs serving 1282 beds across the area. In 2003, WFUBMC was once again one of the select medical centers ranked as America’s Best by U.S. News &World Report. WFUBMC received over $114 million in research funding from the National Institute for Health in 2003. WFUBMC as a teaching hospital gives the community access to a number of specialists, and has been recognized for excellence in Neurology, Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Respiratory Disorders, Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Hypertension and Vascular Diseases, and Pharmacology and Physiology. WFUBMC provides 1062 beds in Forsyth County primarily in North Carolina Baptist Hospital which was ranked by US News & World Report in many categories. North Carolina Baptist ranked 21st nationally in cancer, 24th in geriatrics, 26th in urology, 33rd in ear, nose and throat, 37th in heart and heart surgery and 50th in orthopedics.
Forsyth County has a ratio of 39.5 physicians per 10,000 population while the 11 county Piedmont has a ratio of 19.8. Forsyth County’s ratio is well above the North Carolina state ratio of 20.1 and is the fourth highest county in the state.
In neighboring Guilford County, there are also outstanding hospitals and healthcare providers. Moses H. Cone Memorial in Greensboro is a 548 bed hospital which employs over 1,800 people. High Point has the High Point Regional Health System which employs approximately 1700 employees.