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WakeMed Foundation Successfully Raises $8.5M for Children’s Hospital; Launches Phase 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 3, 2010) – After reaching its $8.5 million goal needed to open the new WakeMed Children’s Hospital this month, the WakeMed Foundation today announces the official launch of Phase Two of its $20 million capital campaign. The remaining $11.5 million needed to complete this campaign will fund the expansion and renovation of WakeMed’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as numerous other critical pediatric service enhancements.

“We are extremely grateful to the community for their outpouring of financial support to help us expand much-needed pediatric services here in Wake County, but our work here is not done,” commented Jack Radford, executive director of the WakeMed Foundation. “There is a great need to continue to fund enhancements in pediatric services, particularly our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and we are dedicated to raise an additional $11.5 million to continue to expand our services which serve the children of our community.”

In September 2009, WakeMed received approval to expand its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by 12 additional beds to a total of 48 beds. WakeMed Raleigh Campus is the only Level IV NICU in Wake County, offering the highest level of neonatal intensive care. During this expansion, WakeMed will begin the process of converting neonatal beds to private rooms, which will allow parents to sleep in the room and care for their hospitalized infants. WakeMed cares for nearly 150,000 children each year, making WakeMed one of the largest providers of pediatric care in North Carolina.

The first phase of the Just for Kids Kampaign fully funded construction of Wake County’s first Children’s Hospital opening to patients on June 15. The Children’s Hospital, which comprises 34,000 square feet of the new patient tower on the Raleigh Campus, is the first project in WakeMed’s history funded entirely through community support. The Children’s Hospital houses 45 beds – eight pediatric intensive care, 12 pediatric observation and 25 pediatric inpatient beds.

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, an ambulatory surgery center, 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.


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.