Science, Math Education Important To CEO

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 24, 2011

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

Dr. John McConnell understands the importance of science and math education.
As chief executive officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), he employs some of the best minds in this region in those areas. He wants that knowledge to continue in Davie County, especially as the hospital is building a physician’s office building and hospital in Bermuda Run.
“It is so important for the future, and not just medicine,” he said. Even consumers need more science and math education, so they can understand what’s going around them.
McConnell was one of the guest speakers as Davie County launched its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative. The medical center plans to continue that partnership, as well as sponsoring science camps for younger children.
As services are added at the Bermuda Run site, they will be closed in Mocksville. That doesn’t mean the current hospital in Mocksville will be abandoned. The beds will …