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WakeMed Adds New Physician Practices

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 27, 2010) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce the addition of two new practices and 11 physicians to its growing Physician Practices division. Physician practices joining WakeMed include Carolina Cardiology Consultants and North Wake Cardiovascular Center. Wake Specialty Physicians - City Center Medical Group, WakeMed’s recently-opened downtown Raleigh primary care practice, is also adding two additional physicians.

“Many of our communities in Wake County lack access to primary care services. These primary care physicians and practices joining the WakeMed family are enhancing access in communities where there continues to be significant growth,” commented Dr. Susan Weaver, senior vice president of Medical Affairs & Physician Practices.

Weaver continued, “WakeMed is also the state’s leading provider of cardiac services. Linking cardiology practices closer to the WakeMed Heart Center is a win for patients in our community because direct relationships between cardiologists and hospitals allow for better coordination of patient care.”

On March 1, Carolina Cardiology Consultants will join as Carolina Cardiology-WakeMed Faculty Physicians. This practice features nine full-time cardiology specialists, including non-invasive cardiology, invasive cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, vascular, and a physician extender. With three offices located throughout the Triangle (Raleigh, North Raleigh and Garner), Carolina Cardiology will continue to practice from all existing sites and will now be aligned with WakeMed’s regionally-renowned Heart Center. WakeMed will also assume ownership of Carolina Cardiology Consultants’ cardiac testing clinic, Park Place Diagnostics. The diagnostic clinic is located immediately next door to the Carolina Cardiology’s Raleigh office and offers cardiovascular tests, including treadmill, echocardiogram, stress echocardiogram, nuclear cardiolite stress tests, among others.

Jack Newman, MD, with North Wake Cardiovascular Center, also recently joined Raleigh Cardiology-WakeMed Faculty Physicians. His office is located in the WakeMed North Healthplex Physicians Office Pavilion and serves as the only full-time cardiology specialty practice located in North Raleigh. With this new relationship, the existing providers at Raleigh Cardiology, an eight provider practice that joined WakeMed in October, will begin practicing at this location on a rotating basis further enhancing the specialty offerings in the northern portion of Wake County. With the addition of the new cardiology practices, WakeMed Faculty Physicians’ cardiology practices feature 17 physicians and three physician extenders.

Wake Specialty Physicians – City Center Medical Group also expands this month as two new physicians join Mary Forbes, MD, in Raleigh’s only downtown internal medicine practice. Theresa Amerson, MD, joins January 17 as a full-time physician and Susan Weaver, MD, senior vice president of Medical Affairs and WakeMed Physician Practices, will join as a part-time physician.

About Wake Physician Practices
Wake Specialty Physicians and WakeMed Faculty Physicians are multi-specialty groups owned by WakeMed Health & Hospitals. With practices located throughout Wake County, Wake Specialty Physicians and WakeMed Faculty Physicians offer adult and pediatric primary care, cardiology, gastroenterology, hepatology, general surgery, urology, ear, nose & throat - head & neck surgery, women’s care, maternal fetal medicine, hospital-based medicine and employee health. Currently, WakeMed Physician Practices employ 156 physicians.

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, orthopaedics, 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.