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WakeMed to Open its Sixth Emergency Department

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 5, 2012) – On January 9, WakeMed Health & Hospitals will have six emergency departments in Wake County with the opening of the new WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex. The Brier Creek Healthplex is a 50,000 square foot facility, featuring a 24/7 stand-alone emergency department, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and physicians offices, including Wake Orthopaedics.
WakeMed will host a ribbon cutting this evening from 6 – 9 pm, and will celebrate the opening of the Brier Creek Healthplex during a public open house on Friday, January 6, from 11 am – 2 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm. Visitors will be able to tour the facility, meet healthcare providers and kids can enjoy the Teddy Bear Clinic. The first 500 visitors will receive a free family first aid kit.
8001 T.W. Alexander Drive (just off Hwy 70)
Raleigh, NC 27617
919.350.9600

“With each facility we open, our goal is to increase healthcare options in growing markets where there is a critical mass of households and limited access,” commented Carolyn Knaup, RN, WakeMed vice president of ambulatory services. “Brier Creek is a market that has experienced rapid growth, and we are pleased to bring needed healthcare resources to this community.”

The Brier Creek Healthplex will be WakeMed’s third 24/7 full-service, stand-alone emergency department and will have 12 private treatment rooms. Other stand-alone emergency departments include WakeMed North Healthplex and WakeMed Apex Healthplex. All WakeMed emergency departments are staffed by the same group of board-certified physicians, and all offer access to laboratory and imaging services, including CT and X-ray for both emergency department patients and outpatient visits.

The facility is owned and managed by Duke Realty and sits on 12 acres which allows for future development. The WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex emergency department will initially employ 74 full time employees and will serve northwest Raleigh, Wake County and the eastern portion of Durham County. The Certificate of Need application for the facility was awarded in September 2009 for $36 million. WakeMed’s total investment in the project is $14 million.

This is WakeMed’s second presence in the Brier Creek market. WakeMed will continue to operate both Brier Creek Medical Park and the Brier Creek Healthplex. Services offered at each location will not be duplicated. WakeMed Brier Creek Medical Park will offer bone density, mammography and physicians offices, including Wake Specialty Physicians Brier Creek Medical Group Internal Medicine.

WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals 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. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.


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