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WakeMed Apex Healthplex Recognized as One of the Most Beautiful Hospitals In America

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 21, 2009) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals today announces the Apex Healthplex has been recognized by Soliant as one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in America. Winners were chosen based on measures such as architectural style, photogenic properties, landscaping and distinctiveness.

The building was designed by BBH Design and provides a unique atmosphere for patient care. The design takes advantage of the site’s topography and features a cantilever over the pond, offering calming views from emergency department patient care rooms. The 2009 winners of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. are:

WakeMed Apex Healthplex, Apex, North Carolina
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland
Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, Los Angeles, California
Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, Everett, Washington
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, New Jersey
Moran Eye Centre, Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware
Midwest Cancer Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Florida Hospital Waterman, Tavares, Florida
Mat-Su General, Palmar, Alaska
Kaiser Medical, Santa Clara, California
Midwest Surgical Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska
Children's Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Illinois
University Medical Center of Princeton, Plainsboro, New Jersey
Sacred Heart, Springfield, Oregon
Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, Utah
Baylor Medical at Frisco, Texas
California Academy of Science, San Francisco, California

Located near downtown Apex, WakeMed’s newest Healthplex features the state’s second stand-alone, 24/7, full-service Emergency Department for both kids and adults, comprehensive diagnostic imaging services that range from general X-ray to advanced CT scans and an onsite laboratory for prompt test results. The site also features an open bore MRI.

The WakeMed Apex Emergency Department is supported by WakeMed Mobile Critical Care Services ground and air transport, 156-bed WakeMed Cary Hospital and Wake County’s only Level I Trauma Center at WakeMed Raleigh Campus.

By midnight on February 3, 2009, the anniversary of WakeMed Apex Healthplex, more than 14,000 patients were treated in the emergency department. This is more than 3,000 patients than originally anticipated. These patients have ranged from cardiac patients with active heart attacks to women in labor to kids broken bones. In fact, reflective of the Apex market, 29 percent of total patients have been under the age of 18.


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.