Park Ridge Health announces new emergency care partnership

Photo courtesy of Park Ridge Health

Press release from Park Ridge Health:

Hendersonville, NC (August 1, 2018) – Park Ridge Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are joining forces to elevate the level of emergency care available to people in the Western North Carolina region. This new agreement means Wake Forest Baptist emergency providers have joined the Park Ridge Health medical team, delivering high quality, compassionate care for patients using Park Ridge Health’s Emergency Department.

Wake Forest Baptist is an internationally known leader in emergency medicine care. It has one of the oldest emergency medicine training programs in the country which has helped shape emergency care delivery across the US. As an academic medical center, Wake Forest Baptist partners with a large network of community emergency departments to bring leading-edge emergency care to local communities.

Park Ridge Health Emergency Department Medical Director, Byron Dixon, MD explains, “This means patients coming to the Park Ridge Health Emergency Department will receive an expanded experience of high-quality, efficient and compassionate care. All of our emergency physicians will be board-certified and residency-trained in emergency medicine, which is not always the case at other emergency departments.”

The partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will build on the Park Ridge Health mission of “Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ” by expanding our evaluation process to assess and expedite the care each person needs.

Park Ridge Health President & CEO, Jimm Bunch explains this new venture does not change the health system’s ownership, and there are no plans for a merger or sale to Wake Forest Baptist or any other entity.

“We are excited about this new partnership, and what it can bring to people in need of emergency care in our community,” said Bunch. “By teaming up with a world-class health care leader like Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, we will increase access to more advanced medical services to meet the needs of the people of Western North Carolina where they live.”

“We have existing relationships with many patients who live in this part of the state, so this partnership now allows us to care for even more people,” said Chadwick Miller, M.D., chair of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist. “We provide leading-edge emergency care at hospitals throughout central and northwest North Carolina and are pleased to partner with Park Ridge Health to provide the best possible care to adults and children who live in Western North Carolina.”

Park Ridge Health’s Emergency Department is staffed with skilled personnel 24 hours a day to treat injuries and emergency medical needs. In addition to the Physician team provided by Wake Forest Baptist Medical, the Park Ridge Health ED staff includes highly trained multi-disciplinary Registered Nurses, Paramedics and administrative assistants.

One innovation that impacts emergency care for Park Ridge Health patients is the ED Navigator program featuring specially trained Registered Nurses who meet with every patient. They discuss needs the patients may have outside of the hospital, connect them with resources, make sure they have a primary care physician, and make follow-up calls to ensure the patients are receiving appropriate care once they leave the ER.
To learn more about the Park Ridge Health Emergency Department and the collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, visit

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