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Gala to benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2010) WakeMed Foundation is pleased to announce that Kisco Senior Living is hosting a Bowties for Bandaids Benefit Gala to help raise money for the new WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

Bowties for Bandaids
Saturday, May 1 at 7 pm
Magnolia Glen
5301 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh
Tickets are $60 per person/ $100 per couple. To purchase tickets in advance, visit childrencantwait.org.

Participants will enjoy an evening of live entertainment, fine dining, beer and wine tastings and a silent auction. Proceeds from Bowties for Bandaids will benefit the WakeMed Children’s Hospital that is currently under construction on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus.

“The focus for the evening will be on the children in our community and the new WakeMed Children's Hospital that will provide a place in Wake County where children can receive the medical care they need, as soon as they need it,” says Tamara Wess, Area Market Relations Director from Kisco Senior Living. “We invite the community to come out and join us for a fun event to raise money for a great cause.”

WakeMed has more pediatric contacts than any other hospital in North Carolina, serving more than 143,000 children each year. This new 34,000 square foot Children’s Hospital will be Wake County’s first and will enable WakeMed to better meet the health care needs of children in our community. The new hospital will be located on the fourth floor of the new patient tower currently under construction on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The new hospital will offer larger, more family friendly spaces and enable WakeMed to attract more specialists and add services to better serve the children right here in our community. The Children’s Hospital opening will be held Sunday, May 23 from 1-5 pm.

“We are greatly appreciative that Kisco Senior Living selected the Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary of the Bowties for Bandaids Gala,” commented Jack Radford, executive director of the WakeMed Foundation. “It is this kind of community support that will help us build the Children’s Hospital, and I can’t think of a more fun way to raise money.”

About Kisco
Family-owned Kisco Senior Living, based in Carlsbad California, owns and operates 18 senior communities in five states offering both independent and assisted living. With an award-winning approach to senior living and wellness, Kisco creates communities where residents and employees share passions, live and work in balance and leave a legacy. Since 1990, Kisco's guiding principles of integrity, dignity and compassion have balanced the interests of residents, associates and business partners. For more information, log on to www.KiscoSeniorLiving.com.

About WakeMed Foundation
WakeMed Foundation is the charitable resource for WakeMed Health & Hospitals, supporting the health system in its commitment to providing quality healthcare to all citizens of the community. The WakeMed Foundation is dedicated to building support for WakeMed Health & Hospitals through leadership development, fund raising and educational awareness as the health and hospitals system meets the needs for quality health care programs and services for all citizens of the community.

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 Centers. 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 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1,000 volunteers 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.