WakeMed News Releases

March 28, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2011) – The WakeMed Foundation, the charitable resource for WakeMed Health & Hospitals, is grateful to the 400 businesses, 50 organizations and 2,700 individuals who helped raise $10 million toward the $20 million Just for Kids Kampaign (JFKK) goal.

The funds received to-date helped complete phase one of the Just for Kids Kampaign which supported the June 2010 opening of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital - the first and only Children’s Hospital in Wake County. The children’s hospital comprises 34,000 square foot of the new patient tower on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus and features 45 beds – an eight-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 12-bed Pediatric Observation Unit and a 25-bed Pediatric Inpatient Unit – a Ronald McDonald family room, a teen room, a children’s play room, and additional treatment and support facilities.

“Reaching the halfway mark in the campaign is a victory for the families in our community. We would like to offer our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has given their time and resources to this important cause,” commented Jack Radford, executive director, WakeMed Foundation.

An additional $10 million is being raised for phase two of the Just For Kids Kampaign to fund the expansion and renovation of WakeMed’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and to also add other pediatric services. The WakeMed Raleigh Campus operates the only Level IV NICU in Wake County offering the highest level of neonatal intensive care to the region’s premature and critically ill newborns. The NICU will be expanded from 36 to 48 beds. In addition, it will offer enhanced facilities to provide more space for families and staff in the care of newborn babies.

“We have been blessed with tremendous support from the WakeMed family including administration, physicians, employees, and volunteers, as well as from our community’s leaders, volunteers, past patients, and businesses. By continuing to work together toward our common goal, we will provide even greater access for children to state-of-the art health care facilities and technology as well as help recruit additional pediatric specialists so children and families can receive needed health care services closer to home,” added Bill Atkinson, president and CEO, WakeMed Health & Hospitals.

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.

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. Since its inception in 1994, the WakeMed Foundation’s fundraising efforts have supported a number of programs, services, and growth projects at WakeMed, including the Children’s Hospital, Children’s Emergency Department, Heart Center, Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace – Raleigh & Cary, The Health Park at WakeMed Rehab, Women’s Services at North Healthplex and Cary Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Raleigh & Cary, Expansion of Emergency Services, Imaging Services and Mobile Critical Care Services.

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