::WakeMed To Build New $22 Million Hospital
From Staff And Wire Reports
Thursday, August 16, 2007
RALEIGH - According to statements to the media last week, the WakeMed Health & Hospitals Board of Directors has approved the purchase of ten acres of land in the Wendell Falls subdivision off of US Highway 64.
The land will be home to a proposed $22 million new WakeMed East Healthplex.
The Certificate of Need (CON) application to develop WakeMed East Healthplex was issued on March 22, 2007, allowing WakeMed to proceed with construction.
WakeMed says the new $22 million healthplex willfeature a 24-hour stand-alone emergency department, CAT scanner, ultrasound, mammography, radiology, fluoroscopy, laboratory services and general physician offices. With construction starting next year, the WakeMed East Healthplex is expected to be complete by fall 2009 and around 50 new full time equivalent employees will be hired to staff the facility.
The facility will be very similar to the WakeMed North Healthplex, located at 10000 Falls of Neuse Road near Falls Lake in northern Raleigh.
The ultramodern WakeMed North Healthplex opened in 2002 with a CAT scanner, ultrasound, mammography, general radiology, fluoroscopy, laboratory services, operating rooms and physician offices.
The hospital says the community response has been "outstanding." In 2006, WakeMed North Healthplex Emergency Department had 23,135 patient visits.
"WakeMed's ambulatory growth strategy is to bring health care services to patients in their neighborhoods," commented Carolyn Knaup, WakeMed vice president, ambulatory services in a statement to the media.
"[The] eastern Wake County and the
communities of Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon are poised to grow quickly in
the coming years," she added. "With the addition of WakeMed East Healthplex, we will ensure these new residents have convenient access to high-quality health care services."
WakeMed says that around 11,357 new households are slated to be added to eastern Wake County between 2005 and 2015.
The hospital says that construction will begin on WakeMed East Healthplex following the completion of a new highway interchange which is being built near where Eagle Rock
Road passes under US Highway 64 in Fall of 2008.
WakeMed also says it has the option to purchase and additional 10 acres adjacent to the property in Wendell Falls.
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh with several facilties throughout the Triangle with 783 beds in total including its main facility in Raleigh. . ::