A Vision for Our Future.
CareNet is led by a team with a broad base of experience in counseling and non-profit management. Together, our leadership and administrative teams provide strategic and operational direction for each of our eight regional centers and over 80 counties we currently serve. But, what differentiates this team from others is a huge combined heart for the work and for seeing clients and team members all reach their full potential.
Rev. Gary R. Gunderson, MDIV, DMIN, DDIV (Hon)
Appointed in July 2012, Gunderson oversees spiritual care services for patients, families and Medical Center staff. He supervises six departments — CareNet Counseling, Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries (which includes the Clinical Pastoral Education program), FaithHealth Education, Community Engagement, the Center for Congregational Health and FaithHealthNC. He also nurtures the relationship with more than 4,300 Baptist congregations throughout North Carolina and other large networks of our patients’ faith groups.
Gunderson is recognized as an expert in congregations and health. For seven years, he served as senior vice president of the Faith and Health Division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee where he developed a new model of congregational health that became widely known as the Memphis Model. North Carolina offers an abundance of hospital, public, community and faith assets that we are learning how to weave into an effective statewide network, we call FaithHealthNC. The assets are considerable: 3,600 congregations of the NC Baptist State Convention, another 2,000 in the General Baptist State Convention, and 2,000 United Methodists with an additional 1,993 individual ordained clergy from across North Carolina and southern Virginia registered for patient visitation. The Memphis Model became well known because of its data, which showed measurable improvements in the health of patients in those congregations, including significantly increased longevity, lower mortality and a nearly 40 percent longer time before readmission.
In addition to his role in Faith and Health Ministries, Gunderson holds faculty appointments at the Wake Forest School of Divinity and in Public Health Sciences. 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. The Interfaith Health Program moved from The Carter Center to the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where Gunderson became a research assistant professor in International Health. He also served as a visiting professor in Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Gunderson has worked extensively with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He serves as secretary for Stakeholder Health, a group of 39 health systems committed to more effective engagement with the poor in their communities. This learning group recently released a textbook of these strategies: Stakeholder Health: Insights from the New Systems of Health.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center finds itself at the center of an even more fundamental breakthrough through the Leading Causes of Life Initiative, which moved here with Gunderson. This international and interdisciplinary group of Fellows is working to build an intellectual foundation beyond the purely medical paradigm. Gunderson was lead author for a recent paper published by the Institute of Medicine, “The Health of Complex Human Populations” based on this work.
Dr. Gunderson is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Convention. He has written four books used in seminary and public health including: Deeply Woven Roots (Fortress Press), Boundary Leaders (Fortress Press), Leading Causes of Life (Abingdon) and, most recently Religion and the Health of the Public (Palgrave/McMillian). He is happily married and has two daughters and two wonderful grandsons. His pastimes include tennis, hiking and woodworking.
Kevin P. High, MD, MS
Dr. High has been a faculty member at Wake Forest since 1993 and is currently Executive Vice President, Health System Affairs for Wake Forest Baptist Health. Previous positions include: Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Research, and Chief, Section on Infectious Diseases. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging (NIA), served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) from 2006-2010 and as Chair of the Education Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America from 2008-2010. He is also a Past President of the Association of Specialty Professors. He has been on the editorial boards of Clinical Infectious Diseases and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and is an Associate Editor of Hazzard’s Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology textbook (6th & 7th editions). Dr. High received the 2009 Eric G. Neilson Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Specialty Professors, the 2012 Laureate Award from the NC American College of Physicians Chapter, and the 2013 Special Recognition Award from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He has also been recognized with multiple teaching honors by students/house staff at Wake Forest.
Geriatrics Integration into Subspecialty Internal Medicine: Dr. High is a national leader integrating gerontology and geriatrics into the specialties of Internal Medicine (IM). He helped initiate two junior faculty development programs: the T. Franklin Williams Scholars program funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program – a public/private partnership with the NIA. Dr. High was also Principal Investigator for the national Coordinating Center for the 15 NIA-sponsored Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers from 2008-2016.
Research: Dr. High’s research is focused on translational research of mechanisms and clinical relevance of immune senescence, waning of immune function with age. The laboratory utilizes studies in both animal models (mice and nonhuman primates) and human populations. His research has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, Aging Cell, Blood, Clinical Infectious Diseases and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He is currently funded by several grants from NIA.
Clinical Activities: Dr. High is actively engaged in clinical care of patients and is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been recognized annually for his clinical excellence by Best Doctors in North Carolina® since 2002 and Best Doctors in America® since 2007.
Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA
Dr. Lord received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1988. He completed his residency and fellowship in family medicine obstetrics at Rush-Christ Family Practice in Chicago, and in 2008, he received his MA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He began his medical career as a rural family physician in Harrisonburg, Va., and part-time educator at the University of Virginia Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine (1991-1995). He served as assistant professor at Rush Medical College/Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago (1995-1999) before returning to Wake Forest School of Medicine as assistant professor and director, Maternal Child Health, in the department which he now chairs.
Dr. Lord’s leadership in the field of Family Medicine is exemplified by his service to the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians where he has held the roles of president, vice president and secretary/treasurer. He has co-chaired the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Working Group on Health Policy and Access, and his honors as an educator include the School of Medicine’s Medical Foundation Teaching Scholar Award as well as multiple years of recognition as Resident Preceptor of the Year, Student Preceptor of the Year and Attending of the Year.
As Vice President of Population Health, Dr. Lord develops the strategic vision and organizational capabilities needed to implement population health management across the Wake Forest Baptist system and its clinically integrated networks. Across the region, he works with health services and agencies to build community and patient engagement with effective population health approaches and tools that will improve health and wellness, minimize care fragmentation and reduce care costs.
Population health management is a foundation of value-based care that requires strategies and interventions aimed at defined groups of people across a continuum of care and designed to improve health at a lower cost. His purview includes clinical operations for the Service Line/Shared Services of Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Dermatology, Endocrine/Obesity/Metabolism and Transitions of Care.
He has been noted in 12 peer-review publications and has completed research support in areas of underserved populations. He has been instrumental in creating a medical home for underserved children, as well as working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on continuing a medical home for underserved adults in Winston-Salem. He has also worked with March of Dimes to establish a grant for group visits at Southside United Health Center in Winston-Salem.
His professional interests include the economic evaluation of primary care, access to care for the uninsured and the patient-centered medical home.
Terry G. Williams, MBA
Mr. Williams joined Wake Forest Baptist Health in December 2013. In his role, Terry has responsibility for Strategic Planning, Network Development, Clinically Integrated Network formation, Business Health Solutions, Consumer Products and Clinical Business Development as well as responsibility for affiliations, business intelligence, partnerships, and management agreements. His goals have him focused on market strategy, strategic alliances, population health, customer service, growth and clinical integration.
Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist Health, Terry served as Chief Strategy and Growth Officer at Chicago’s Presence Health ($2.7 B, 12 hospitals) for three years, where he had previously served as Executive Vice President of Organizational Transformation. Previously, he was partner for 7 years at a national consulting firm to providers and before that served as Vice President at Eclipsys Corp (now AllScripts), where he built a multi-million dollar health information technology services division that focused on delivering clinical and business value to 75+ health systems around the country.
Over his 20-plus year career, he has worked with more than 200 health care organizations to drive breakthrough quality, operational, IT, customer service and financial performance. He has published articles about topics ranging from partnership models for health systems to critical success factors to achieve value from information technology investments.
Terry enjoys mission work, cycling and co-founded the Great Atlanta Youth Walk and a camp for foster, abused and neglected children. He has served on several community and health care related Boards. He and his wife Christie, have two sons, Austin and Logan.
Russell S. Jones
CareNet Director of Clinical Training
Deborah A. Morton
CareNet Network Coordinator of Medicaid Relations
CareNet Research Coordinator
H. Leah Creel
CareNet Integrated Care Coordinator
Donna G. Akers
CareNet Finance Coordinator II
Lauren R. Jensen
CareNet Administrative Coordinator
CareNet Billing Team Lead
CareNet Accounts Specialist
CareNet Accounts Specialist