Brenner Children’s Hospital

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About Brenner Children’s Hospital

Frank Brenner came to America from Latvia in the early 1900s, and in 1921, started a small junk and scrap metal business in Winston-Salem. He and his wife, Jennie, instilled a deep appreciation for charitable giving, even when times were tough, in their sons—Morris, Abe and Herbert.

The center was focused on developing a teaching program in adolescent medicine for medical students and pediatric residents, and establishing an adolescent medicine clinic at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. At the time, it was the first such center in North Carolina, only the third in the southeast and one of just 27 nationally.


  • 1987 – Neonatal Transport Team
  • 2007 – Brenner FIT, our region’s first comprehensive pediatric obesity program
  • 2008 – Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
  • 2011 – First Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in North Carolina
  • 2019 – NICU expansion and Birth Center opened.


Association with Wake Forest

Brenner Children is the pediatric hospital within Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Brenner is staffed by over 150 full-time pediatric faculty with members representing over 30 pediatric subspecialties. In addition, Brenner Children’s is staffed by physicians representing all pediatric surgical specialties.

Each year, more than 4,500 children are admitted to Brenner Children’s. In addition, over 21,000 pediatric subspecialty visits occur annually at the hospital-based outpatient clinics.

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