North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have agreed to a 30-year lease to Wilkes Medical Center.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recently said it had completed the ease agreement with the North Wilkesboro Town Board and agreed to invest $238 million to support Wilkes Medical Center and the patients in the region.
“We expect to positively grow the future of health care in Wilkes County through this agreement, and are very pleased the Town of North Wilkesboro and the Board of Wilkes Regional Medical Center Hospital Operating Corporation chose Wake Forest Baptist as its community partner in this long-term lease,” Wake Forest Baptist CEO Julie Freischlag said in the hospital’s release.
North Wilkesboro Commissioner Debbie Ferguson said the board is excited about the future of Wilkes Medical Center and knows the town’s hospital is in good hands with Wake Forest Baptist, the release said.
“Wake Forest Baptist already has a great track record of taking care of the citizens of this community through the operation of our emergency department and most recently with the hospitalist program,” Ferguson said in the release. “We know their commitment to grow services here means the delivery of excellent health care to this region will continue.”