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Title
WakeMed Garner Healthplex Hits the Mark in Its First Month
Date
10/09/2013
Article
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 19, 2013) – One month ago, WakeMed Garner Healthplex opened its doors to the residents of Southeast Wake and Johnston Counties. The new facility brings quality, convenient and much needed emergency and outpatient services to these growing areas, and community response has already exceeded expectations.

Since the first day of providing patient care on August 19, the Garner Healthplex emergency department (ED) has cared for 1,465 patients (Aug. 19 - Sept. 18). The medical staff has treated an average of 52 patients per day during the month of September.

An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 patients were anticipated to receive treatment in the new ED during the first year. And based on initial numbers, the WakeMed Garner Healthplex is currently on track to surpass original year-end expectations by 2,500 to 4,000 patients.

The new Garner facility features the system’s seventh emergency department. WakeMed operates three additional stand-alone EDs in Wake County: Apex Healthplex, North Healthplex (North Raleigh) and Brier Creek Healthplex. All WakeMed EDs are staffed by the same emergency physician group and are backed by our Level I Trauma Center and WakeMed Children’s in Raleigh.

In addition to the 10-bed, 24/7 ED, WakeMed Garner Healthplex offers lab and imaging services including diagnostic x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and MRI as well as physician offices. Wake Specialty Physicians – Garner Primary Care, WakeMed Faculty Physicians – Carolina Cardiology, Wake Specialty Physicians – ENT Head & Neck Surgery and Wake Specialty Physicians – Urology will open at the site in late September and early October.

The new Healthplex created 175 new jobs with many employees living in or near Garner. The 50,000-square-foot facility also serves as the base for WakeMed’s Air Mobile medical helicopter operations.

WakeMed received Certificate of Need (CON) approval to build the WakeMed Garner Healthplex in August 2009. WakeMed’s total investment in the project to date is approximately $17 million. WakeMed Garner Healthplex is located at 400 U.S. Highway 70 East Garner, NC 27529.

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 8,500 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 240 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices 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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