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August 13, 2014
August 19 marks facility’s one-year anniversary, more than 22,600 patients treated

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 13, 2014) – Nearly one year ago, the WakeMed Garner Healthplex opened its doors for patient care, bringing quality, convenience and much needed emergency, outpatient services and additional physician specialties to the residents of southeast Wake and Johnston Counties.

August 19, 2014 marks the official one-year anniversary, and the facility continues to exceed expectations. In fact, since August 19, 2013, more than 22,600 patients have been seen in the facility’s emergency department – far surpassing the projected first-year numbers of 14,642.

“We are grateful to be part of this growing community, and it’s truly a privilege to provide quality, passionate care and meet the health needs of the residents and families – our neighbors,” shares Carolyn Knaup, RN, MHA, WakeMed senior vice president of ambulatory services and physician operations. “WakeMed is here to improve the health and well-being of the community, and we would not be able to achieve this without the amazing community response and support we’ve received since day one.”

On opening day, the WakeMed Garner Healthplex emergency department (ED) treated 29 patients. Within the first month, the medical and nursing staff were treating 52 patients per day. Now, care is provided to an average of 64 patients each and every day. The highest patient volume to date is 102 patients in one day, which occurred on June 9, 2014.

WakeMed Garner Healthplex: Year in Review
• Total ED patients seen since opening day: 22,653 (8/19/13 – 8/10/14)
• Adult patients: 18,172
• Pediatric patients: 4,481
• Highest volume day: 102 (June 9, 2014)

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 primary and specialty care physician practices for adults and children including:

• WakeMed Physician Practices – Garner Primary Care
• WakeMed Physician Practices – Carolina Cardiology
• WakeMed Physician Practices – ENT Head & Neck Surgery
• WakeMed Physician Practices – Urology

All practices are open to new patients.

The Garner facility is home to the WakeMed system’s seventh emergency department (ED). WakeMed operates three additional stand-alone EDs in Wake County: Apex Healthplex, North Healthplex 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.

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 884-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, emergency and trauma, physical rehab and specialization in orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center. Locally based and community owned, WakeMed exists for the health of the community and is committed to a variety of health and wellness improvement programs. WakeMed’s team of more than 8,300 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 255 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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