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WakeMed Breaks Ground on North Hospital: Expansion & Improvement of Women’s Services Throughout the System

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 5, 2011) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals will break ground on WakeMed North Hospital, Wake County’s fifth hospital and the county’s first women’s focused hospital, on Thursday, October 6, 2011. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 7:30 am.

October 6th is significant because it is also WakeMed’s annual Ladies Day event, where women throughout the community are invited to attend seminars, get health information and participate in screenings. More than 500 women attend Ladies Day each year.

“As the northern Wake County community continues to grow, there is an increase in the demand for our services. The increased patient volumes we are seeing at WakeMed North Healthplex more than supports the development of a hospital at this location,” explained Carolyn Knaup, vice president, WakeMed ambulatory services. “While we fully expect WakeMed North Hospital to eventually expand into a full-service hospital, serving men, women and children, the immediate need is for women’s services.”

With an anticipated opening date of fall 2014, WakeMed North Hospital will be a 61-bed acute care hospital with a focus on inpatient women’s specialty services, offering a full range of obstetric and gynecological services, including comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, surgery, and therapeutic care.

The addition of a women’s focused-hospital further complements WakeMed’s dedication to women’s services across the system. This month, WakeMed opened a newly renovated and expanded Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace on the Raleigh Campus. This renovation/expansion was made possible when the pediatric care unit was vacated last year due to the opening of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital on the Raleigh Campus.

The changes will allow for the renovation and expansion of Wake County’s only level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This expansion is the second phase of the WakeMed Foundation’s Just For Kids Kampaign.

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.


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