Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center

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Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
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Location Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States
Care system HMO, POS, PPO/EPO, Workers' Compensation, Medicaid, Medicare
Hospital type Tertiary care
Beds 961 Beds

1914 as the Twin City Hospital

1964 as Forsyth Memorial Hospital (dba Forsyth Medical Center)
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is a 921-bed, not-for-profit, regional medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that offers a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and behavioral health services. Coupled with the nearby 22-bed Novant Health Medical Park Hospital, Forsyth Medical Center gives Winston-Salem one of the largest, best-equipped hospital facilities in the state. Forsyth Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the American Hospital Association.

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Park Hospital perform close to 40,000 surgical procedures each year, including more than 6,500 general surgery procedures, 7,000 orthopaedic and neurological procedures and 700 open-heart surgeries. Forsyth Medical Center is also active in a number of different clinical areas, including cancer diagnoses, stroke treatments and the delivery of babies. [1]


Centers of Advanced Medicine[edit]

  • Cancer

The Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center uses the latest drugs and treatments under development through their participation in national clinical trials and research efforts, with a research affiliation with Duke University Health System. Their specialties are Bladder Cancer, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Gynecologic (GYN) Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer, Skin Cancer, and Testicular Cancer.

  • Cardiac and vascular

Forsyth Cardiac and Vascular Center services include open heart surgery, coronary artery bypass, valvular, valve repair and replacement, cardiac catheterization, coronary CT angiography, angioplasty, and intracoronary stents. In 2012 Forsyth Medical Center entered into agreement and is now affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center.

  • Orthopaedics

Forsyth Regional Orthopaedic Center, which has facilities at both Forsyth Medical Center and Medical Park Hospital, provides specialty services devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and diseases of the body's musculoskeletal system. The center has a 45-bed nursing unit with a 10-bed specialty joint replacement unit and outpatient surgical suites. With a therapy gym located directly on the nursing unit, they were the first center in the region to develop a total joint unit offering an interdisciplinary approach to care.

They perform more joint replacements at Forsyth Medical Center than any other medical center in the region and are ranked as one of the best 100 hospitals for orthopedic services.[2]

  • Rehabilitation

Whitaker Rehabilitation Center provides a wide array of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to help patients regain independence lost to disease, injury, or surgery. Their staff includes rehabilitation nurses and therapists, a physiatrist (trained in rehab medicine), psychologists, social workers, and registered dieticians.

  • Women's health

The Maya Angelou Center for Women's Health and Wellness offers an array of services that focus on all lifestages women's health. As the largest birthing center in North Carolina, more than 7,000 births are performed each year.[3] The NICU at Forsyth is staffed with neonatologists from Brenner Children’s Hospital, which is part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.[4]

  • Stroke and neurovascular

Forsyth Stroke & Neurovascular Center is North Carolina's first nationally certified stroke center. The Forsyth Stroke and Neurovascular Center diagnoses and monitors patients with arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), brain aneurysms, brain tumors, stroke and other neurovascular conditions. Their physicians routinely conduct clinical trials to develop new and improved techniques for patient care.

Other Services[edit]

  • Behavioral Health

Forsyth Medical Center Behavioral Health staff of psychiatrists, RNs, psychiatric technicians, counselors, recreational therapists and clinical social workers offer programs including crisis intervention, inpatient care, day partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, & outpatient counseling.

  • Breast Clinic

Accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Breast Clinic was founded in 1975 by the late Dr. T.W. Littlejohn who, along with his associates, was among the first to recommend regular mammograms as an early detection meathod for breast cancer. Today, the Breast Clinic has a comprehensive, state-of-the-art breast imaging center offering a full array of diagnostic services and is one of the largest single-site breast imaging centers in the Southeast.

  • Diabetes & Nutrition

Forsyth Medical Center Diabetes and Nutrition Services offers various programs and training to those referred by their physicians. Their staff of certified diabetes educators, certified insulin pump trainers, registered nurses and registered dietitians, among others, offer these classes which are available at several locations and include comprehensive diabetes education, survival skills, gestational diabetes, outpatient insulin administration/insulin pump training, and medical nutrition therapy.

  • Emergency Services

On October 26, 2004, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center opened its new emergency department (ED). At 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2), they are able to treat up to 110,000 patients annually. It is split into six units:

  • 26 major treatment beds, for life-threatening situations.
  • 21 minor treatment beds, for situations that are not life-threatening but could become so if not treated promptly.
  • 12-bed clinical decision unit, for 23-hour observation without admission.
  • 10 express admission beds, for non-critical patients admitted to the hospital.
  • 8 fast track beds, for minor illness and injuries.
  • 9 behavioral health beds, for those with mental or emotional distress.
  • Home Health Services

Through an affiliation with Advanced Home Care, a non-profit organization specializing in providing a full range of home health care services, Forsyth Medical Center is able to provide home health services and equipment to patients who do not need the full resources of a hospital.

  • Radiology

Forsyth Medical Center's radiology team of physicians, nurses, technologists and sonographers offer the full scope of radiological services, which are available at various Forsyth Medical Center affiliates and several imaging centers in the Piedmont Triad area.

  • Respiratory Services

With 40 rooms and a staff of licensed respiratory care practitioners, skilled nurses and six board-certified pulmonologists, Forsyth Medical Center's respiratory services offers diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for conditions ranging from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, thrombo-embolic disease, smoking and interstitial lung disease. They have the largest medical floor dedicated to the care of patients with lung disease in the state. Specialty services available include a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy services, chest surgery services, pulmonary function testing, mechanical ventilator support, non-invasive ventilator support, pulmonary rehabilitation, and the Better Breather's Club.

  • Sleep Center

Forsyth Sleep Center plays an important role in detecting, evaluating and treating a wide range of sleep-related problems. They conduct sleep studies-or polysomnograms-to evaluate sleep patterns in patients who may suffer from sleep disorders. These studies involve a detailed observation of the patient's breathing, heart rate, brain waves and body movements while they sleep.

  • Wound Care Clinic

The Wound Care Clinic has programs dedicated to chronic wounds and wounds associated with diabetes and poor circulation.


In 1887, women in the then separate towns of Winston and Salem formed a small group and organized the Ladies Twin City Hospital Association to raise funds for the community's first hospital. Within six months, they had used money saved from their household funds to open up a 10-bed hospital inside a home, known as the Grogan House, where patients could be hospitalized for $5 a week. They went to people's homes and community meetings to raise money from anyone who would give them a contribution, and they asked the mayors of both Winston and of Salem to give $12 a month toward the effort.

By the early 1890s, the Grogan House was in desperate need of repair. The women increased their fundraising efforts and began to show people in the two towns how their money had been used in the past and described in detail how many people they had helped. They were able to raise $5,000 and open the Twin City Hospital with 12 private rooms, two wards and an operating room. Then, in 1912, after moving to a larger building due to overcrowding and insufficient funding, Winston voters approved bonds for a modern hospital to be constructed in the downtown area of what had become Winston-Salem. The modern City Memorial Hospital on East Fourth Street accepted its first patient in less than two years in 1914.[5]

In 1959, voters approved a bond referendum to build a modern hospital on 77 acres (31 ha) along Silas Creek Parkway. Forsyth Memorial Hospital, which was owned and managed by Forsyth County, opened in 1964, replacing City Memorial Hospital. Twenty years later, in 1984, Carolina Medicorp Inc. (CMI), a non-profit organization, bought the deed for the hospital property from Forsyth County. As part of the transfer agreement, the new organization was required to provide indigent care for citizens of Forsyth County.

In 1997, CMI and Presbyterian Healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina merged to form Novant Health, which currently includes 13 hospitals, six philanthropic foundations, a free-standing emergency department, physician clinics, outpatient surgery and diagnostic centers, rehabilitation programs and community health outreach programs in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and the national MedQuest organization with 100 diagnostic imaging centers in 10 states.[6] Novant Health is ranked 17th nationally among the 2010 Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks, according to an analysis by the SDI health informatics company.


  1. ^ "About Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center"
  2. ^ (2000). "100 Top Hospitals: Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success" Solucient 100 Top Hospitals, Current Study Publication. Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  3. ^ "Forsyth Medical Center". Retrieved on 2010-10-15.
  4. ^ "Neonatal Intensive Care Unit". Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Novant Health | About Novant Health

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Coordinates: 36°04′33″N 80°17′49″W / 36.075799°N 80.296935°W / 36.075799; -80.296935