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WakeMed and Duke Forge Pediatrics Partnership
04/20/2012
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2012) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Duke Medicine are partnering to form a collaboration in pediatric healthcare that will significantly enhance the care of children in Wake County and beyond and strengthen WakeMed’s position as a leading pediatric care facility.

This collaboration is called “Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children’s Specialty Services” and will bring nationally recognized pediatric sub-specialist faculty at Duke to WakeMed. These specialists, combined with WakeMed’s comprehensive pediatric platform and ancillary support services, will bring additional quality care and service access to pediatric patients and their families across the region.

“We are very pleased to be entering this partnership with Duke because they are highly regarded for their overwhelming depth and clinical quality offered by their specialty physicians. We look forward to growing this program, further strengthening our relationship, and expanding access and care to pediatric patients we serve,” said Dr. Bill Atkinson, WakeMed president and chief executive officer.

“This is truly a win-win-win situation in that it will, first and foremost, result in the very best care for children in Wake County and beyond, provide opportunities for our specialty faculty to share their expertise with a greater population of patients, and bring to WakeMed important areas of expertise and nationally recognized specialists,” said Victor Dzau, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Duke University Health System and chancellor of Health Affairs at Duke University.

The physician group will relocate from Duke Children’s Subspecialty Clinic on the campus of Duke Raleigh Hospital to the WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park, which is currently being constructed adjacent to WakeMed Raleigh Campus. The Duke practice includes 25 physicians, plus an additional 34 clinical and administrative staff. Duke will lease approximately 20,000 square feet in the medical office building and will complement WakeMed’s existing pediatric specialties. WakeMed Raleigh Medical Park is slated for completion in July 2012, and Duke’s pediatric specialty clinics should open in mid to late summer 2012.

“Since announcing the WakeMed Children’s Hospital in 2009, we have significantly expanded our pediatric specialty offerings. However, there are still some specialties and services that require transfer to another hospital and often follow up care must be sought out of county,” Atkinson said. “The WakeMed Raleigh Campus is undoubtedly a hub of pediatric care for patients in Wake County. This partnership will complement our existing services, significantly expand our resources and make care for patients and their families even more convenient. “

“Duke Children’s is pleased and excited to participate in this project, which will ultimately improve patient care,” said Joseph St. Geme, M.D., chair of the department of pediatrics at Duke and Chief Medical Officer of Duke Children’s Hospital. “I have had many discussions with the physicians and clinical staff at WakeMed and have been impressed with the quality of their program and their commitment to safe and effective care.”

Duke Children’s sub-specialists will be available for inpatient consults as well as follow-up care for WakeMed’s pediatric patients and outpatient visits from referring physicians. Additionally, Duke Children’s and WakeMed Pediatrics will jointly explore prospects for expanding this agreement, including the potential for developing satellite offices in north Raleigh and Cary as the need arises.

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, please visit wakemed.org.

About Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
A nationally ranked pediatrics program and international referral center, Duke Children's is an integral part of Duke Medicine, dedicated to improving the delivery of health care in Durham, the Triangle and throughout the Southeast. Through a comprehensive array of over 30 pediatric specialty services, Duke Children's physicians treat everything from common allergies and infectious diseases to complex leukemias and genetic disorders. Duke Children's specialty outreach services include regional satellite clinics and a cardiology telemedicine program that links Duke pediatric cardiologists with neonatal and pediatric caregivers at community hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia.

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