Bioethics Seminar – 20 April – Life is the thing that thrives: FaithHealth from Memphis to East Winston


Life is the Thing that Thrives:
FaithHealth from Memphis to East Winston

Monday, 20 April, 5:00-6:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Gary Gunderson, M.Div., D.Min., D.Div.
Vice President of Faith & Health Ministries, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine and School of Divinity, Wake Forest University

lDr. Gunderson oversees spiritual care services for patients, families and staff at WFBMC. He also nurtures the relationship with more than 4,200 Baptist congregations throughout North Carolina and other large networks of our patients’ faith groups. He became involved in public health by working with former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta. For a decade, he directed the Interfaith Health Program at The Carter Center. For the next seven years, he served as senior vice president of the Faith and Health Division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., where he helped develop a new model of congregational health, FaithHealth, that achieved measurable improvements in the health of patients in Memphis congregations, including significantly increased longevity, lower mortality and a nearly 40 percent longer time before readmission. The FaithHealth model of care is now underway here in the Triad adapting to the distinctive opportunities and historic challenges.

Reception to follow