Brenner Spotlight 


On August 4, Brenner held its second annual prom at the Hawthorne Inn ballroom in Winston-Salem. The theme was “Let Your Light Shine.” All Hematology/Oncology patients from ages 13 to 18 were invited to attend and bring a guest.


Child Life

Child Life Department at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

The Child Life Department helps children and families adjust to hospital life and help make the hospital experience a more positive one. Certified Child Life Specialists work on all of the inpatient units and services are available for all pediatric patients of Brenner Children's Hospital.

Being in the hospital can be scary and stressful. Child Life Specialists help promote a child's well-being and development to his or her fullest potential. Your certified Child Life Specialist has experience in dealing with children's and teens' concerns as well as common developmental reactions to illness and hospitalization.

Child Life can help you and your family understand what is happening through education, medical play, and activities.

If your child has a scheduled medical visit to Brenner Children's Hospital, please call the Child Life Department to arrange for a tour from a Child Life Specialist.

  • For patients birth to 11 yrs: Wendy Turner, CCLS, 336-713-3083 or Beth Smith, CCLS, 336-713-3084
  • For patients 12 and older: Elizabeth Frank, CCLS, 336-713-3079
  • For Hematology/Oncology: Stacy Peterson, CCLS, 336-713-3081

Learn how Child Life Specialists can help you (.pdf).

Learn how to become a Certified Child Life Specialist.

The Child Life Department does not currently offer an internship; however, we do offer a practicum for college students. Please note that the Child Life Council will not accept practicum hours for clinical experience required for Child Life certification.

For an application, please contact Cindy Mahan at 336-713-3085 or download the Child Life Practicum Student Application (.pdf).

Brenner News and Highlights 

Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.


Head Hits Can Be Reduced in Youth Football; Study Shows Limiting Contact in Practice Makes Difference

Less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech.


Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

For the 21st consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is listed among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The online magazine released its annual national ranking of the country’s premier hospitals, earlier today.


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