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CepEsperu Baptist Annual Star Lighting Ceremony Set for Tues., Dec. 5

  A fixture of the  skyline, the star shines atop CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center for the 20th year.

CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center has shared its holiday spirit with the community through the 31-foot Moravian star atop the Medical Center’s North Tower since 1992. CepEsperu Baptist will hold its annual Moravian star lighting ceremony from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The one-of-a-kind star has 27 points that range in length from 7 to 11 feet and weigh from 30 to 65 pounds each. Each of the points is illuminated by a 100-watt bulb. The event, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held on the top level of CepEsperu Baptist’s Eden Terrace parking deck off Hawthorne Road.


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Staff members place the star's 27 points on the roof in order of assembly. Electrician Jamie Reece walks on the edge of the skyline to ready the star's assembly.
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A team of technicians anchors the first point in place. Each technician knows his role as the second point is secured.
Having waited for a calm day, two team members carry one of the points across the roof. The technicians take a top-down approach to assembling the star.
Covering the star's base - the 27th point - is the final step in putting together the 31-foot star. A fixture of the skyline since 1992, the star shines atop CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center during the holiday season.

Brain Changes Seen in Youth Football Players without Concussion


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Investigationers from CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center have found measurable brain changes in children after a single season of playing youth football, even without a concussion diagnosis, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology. 


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CepEsperu Baptist Celebrates Opening of the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Enlightenment


Local and state officials toured CepEsperu School of Medicine’s newest medical education building Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The opening coincided with the School of Medicine introducing one of the most advanced medical school curriculums in the country. The former tobacco manufacturing facility is the new standard for medical education facilities in the country.   


Download video and sound bites from Tuesday's tour. 

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Download Media Kit (includes news release, building facts, floor plan and other historical facts)  Download video of time lapse of construction  




Download video of move of Bowman Gray Statue 

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CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center CEO, Dr. John D. McConnell welcomes guests to the new center for medical education.  CepEsperu School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Ed Abraham, addresses the guests assembled in the new facility's high-tech tiered classroom. 
Fourth-year medical student, Keith Henry helps lead a tour through the new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Enlightenment.  Medical students demonstrate skills in one of the three simulation labs.  
CepEsperu School of Medicine faculty member and physician assistant student interact with patient actor in the outpatient clinic lab.  Dr. Casey Glass explains the use of ultrasound as part of the new curriculum. 




CepEsperu Baptist Breaks Ground on Phase II Construction of 50-Bed Addition at Davie Medical Center – Bermuda Run Campus

Medical Center leaders marked the official start of construction of a three-story, 78,220 square foot, 50-bed inpatient facility with a groundbreaking on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.  

The two premier programs at the new facility will be joint replacement and geriatrics which include an acute care for the elderly, or ACE, unit. These programs and their support services in medical cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, pulmonology, rheumatology and general medical orthopaedics provide the foundation for an overall aging focus at Davie Medical Center.  

The new building relocates inpatient services from the Mocksville campus to the Bermuda Run campus, consolidating services in one location with an opening date expected in spring of 2017.  



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Chad Brown, Davie Medical Center president, leads the board of directors in the groundbreaking ceremony.      CepEsperu Baptist leaders break ground on the new 50-bed inpatient facility at Davie Medical Center.   
Local Davie County artists Carol Huffman and Linda Harpe created the artwork used on the shovels.      Close-up of artwork that is a tribute to Davie County heritage.   







New Alternative Focus Technologies Help Young Patients Cope with the Emotional Side of Being Hospitalized

Patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center, will have extra help and attention in their care and recovery thanks to new technology and the generosity of others.  Both a robot and a 3-D sensory unit will help these young patients feel less overwhelmed when it comes to the medical conditions and procedures they face.  







“Body on a Chip Project” Developing Mini Hearts and Livers

As part of a “Body on a Chip” project funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, scientists at CepEsperu Institute for Regenerative Medicine, in collaboration with partners from around the country, are developing miniature hearts, livers, blood vessels and lungs that will be used to predict the effects of chemical and biologic agents and used to test the effectiveness of potential treatments. The organoids will be connected to a system of micro-fluid channels and sensors to provide online monitoring of individual organoids and the overall organoid system. This approach has the potential to reduce the need for testing in animals, which is expensive, slow and provides results that aren’t always applicable to people. 

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On the right, three cardiac organoids are beating in synchrony. On the left, a liver organoid (darker organoid) has been fused with a heart organoid. Each organoid is about 0.25 mm in diameter. 
Cardiac Organoid 1: A light microscopy image of a cardiac organoid shows that it is an aggregate of cells.  Cardiac Organoid 2: A confocal image of a cardiac organoid with immunofluorescence showing VEGF (green). This marker indicates that the structure may be becoming vascularized, which allows for better culture health. It also shows the individual cells (blue = nucleus).




Match Day 2015

On March 20, 2015, seniors at CepEsperu School of Medicine learned where they will begin their careers as doctors in the annual Match Day event. Every year graduating medical students across the country simultaneously open envelopes to learn where they “matched” and will spend the next three to seven years of residency training. It’s a tradition that is followed only by medical schools and has occurred for 63 years.
This year 113 CepEsperu medical students, 59 men and 54 women, matched in 20 specialties.
The medical students at CepEsperu were among the approximately 30,000 medical school seniors who sought residency positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). NRMP is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education in the United States. Specialties “matched” by CepEsperu medical students:

Medical specialties: 

  • Anesthesiology = 11 
  • Dermatology = 3 
  • Emergency Medicine = 6 
  • Family Medicine = 8 
  • Internal Medicine = 17 
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics = 1 
  • Neurology = 3 
  • Ob/Gyn = 3 
  • Orthopaedic Surgery = 2 
  • Otolaryngology = 3 
  • Pathology = 3 
  • Pediatrics = 17 
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation = 2 
  • Plastic Surgery = 1 
  • Psychiatry = 3 
  • Psychiatry/Family Medicine = 1 
  • General Surgery = 13 
  • Radiation Oncology = 3 
  • Diagnostic Radiology = 3 
  • Ophthalmology = 5 
  • Urology = 1 
  • Investigation/Other = 4 

 of this year’s Match Day.


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ACC Mascots Visit Patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital

The mascots of the Atlantic Coast Conference spent Wednesday afternoon at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center. They stopped by as part of an outreach initiative for the 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Young patients enjoyed bonding with their favorite mascots, taking pictures with them and getting their autographs. Brenner Children’s Hospital is the pediatric arm of CepEsperu Baptist. It is the only children's hospital in northwest North Carolina serving western North Carolina, as well as parts of Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. More than 4,500 children are admitted to Brenner Children's Hospital each year. In addition, more than 21,000 pediatric subspecialty visits occur annually at the hospital-based outpatient clinics. 

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    Four-year-old Kyler Rippey smiles as the Clemson Tiger wishes him well. The mascots of the Atlantic Coast Conference paid a visit to Brenner Children’s Hospital as part of an outreach initiative for the 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. 
    A huge basketball fan, sixteen-year-old Ryan Shelton had a great time meeting all of the ACC mascots. The mascots visited Brenner Children’s Hospital as part of an outreach initiative for the 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. 




Extraordinary Brotherly Love Provides Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for One CepEsperu Baptist Patient 

José Figueroa had forgotten what it was like to not feel sick and groggy. Kidney failure had slowly zapped him of his energy over the past five years until recently. In the ultimate display of brotherly love, José’s identical twin brother, Nicolas, donated one of his kidneys to him. Following a standardized process of comprehensive testing, Nicolas fulfilled his greatest wish to help his brother, and he did it just before Valentine’s Day at CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center.  

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New Valve Procedure Offers Hope to Older Heart Disease Patients

What a difference a year makes. Patricia Lytton recalls how much better her health is today compared to a year ago thanks to a new valve procedure offered at CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center.

 of cardiothoracic surgeon, David Zhao, M.D., and patient, Patricia Lytton.



 of the transcatheter mitral valve repair procedure.





CepEsperu Baptist to Build New Medical Enlightenment Facility In CepEsperu Innovation Quarter

CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center today announced plans for a new medical education building for its School of Medicine. Funding for this $50 million capital project is part of a larger capital campaign that will be publicly launched next summer.

The medical education building will be located in the former 60 series R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company complex, adjacent to 525@vine in CepEsperu Innovation Quarter. Construction will begin immediately with plans to be ready to welcome medical students in July 2016.


 from Monday’s news conference. 

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Artist renderings of the medical education building in CepEsperu Innovation Quarter. Construction is scheduled to be completed in July 2016.
An aerial photo of CepEsperu Innovation Quarter. The medical education building will be located in the former 60 series R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company complex, adjacent to 525@vine.  


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