WakeMed News Releases

August 18, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. (August 18, 2009) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals today announces it has received Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) to develop a women’s hospital with 41 acute care beds at North Healthplex and to construct the Brier Creek and South Healthplexes.

“These decisions come at a very important time for WakeMed as we continue to balance the impact of the economic downturn with our need to expand to meet the growing health care needs of our community,” explains Dr. Bill Atkinson, president & CEO. “These decisions eliminate costly and time-consuming hurdles and will allow us to move forward when the economy moves further into recovery.”

WakeMed was one of three applicants to build the 41 acute care beds included in the 2008 State Medical Facilities Plan. The state awarded WakeMed CON approval to build 41 acute care beds in January 2009, but this CON was subsequently appealed by Winston-Salem based Novant Health. Novant Health recently dropped its appeal, giving WakeMed the opportunity to build Wake County’s fifth full-service hospital and the county’s first and only women’s hospital at WakeMed North Healthplex.

The women’s hospital will feature 61 beds, which includes 20 beds previously approved bed to be moved from WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The new women’s hospital will offer comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic care, including a full range of obstetric and gynecological services. North Healthplex will continue to serve the outpatient needs of all residents through the emergency department, imaging, day surgery and laboratory services.

CONs were submitted in fall 2007 to build facilities in Brier Creek and south of Raleigh near Garner similar to the WakeMed Apex Healthplex. WakeMed appealed the original denial of both of these projects and recently earned approval from the state to proceed with construction. The WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex and WakeMed South Healthplex will both feature emergency departments, CT scanners, ultrasound, mammography and laboratory. Both facilities will be close to 24,000 square feet.

“While construction timelines have not been finalized for any of the above mentioned projects, we know that investing in facilities to meet the future health care needs of this community is critical to the health of this area and to the long-term fiscal health of our organization,” continued Dr. Atkinson.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals

WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C.

The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center.

Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs.

WakeMed’s team of 7,000 nurses, technologists and medical support staff and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.

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