Access to quality health care is a cornerstone of Wilkes County’s quality of life. For retirees and aging adults, the county’s health-care community is especially attractive in that it is not only anchored by Wake Forest Baptist Health - Wilkes Medical Center but includes many assisted and independent living facilities, home health agencies and rehabilitation program.
“People who come to Wilkes County – even if they are passing through to the mountains – usually want to stay. It’s beautiful here, and there is a lot to see and do,” says Gene Faile, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health - Wilkes Medical Center. “Not only that, but we have an outstanding medical complex here, both inpatient and outpatient. Our West Park Center, with its comprehensive set of diagnostic and treatment programs, could compete with anything in Charlotte or Raleigh or any other large city.”