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Rex to build Holly Springs hospital

Posted September 28, 2011

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— State regulators on Tuesday approved Rex Healthcare's plans for a 50-bed acute care hospital and cancer center in Holly Springs.

The move comes three years after the state Division of Health Service Regulation rejected a proposal from Winston-Salem-based Novant Health for a similar Holly Springs hospital.

"The residents of southern Wake County have long wanted and needed hospital services in their community," Rex President David Strong said in a statement.

Rex has a medical practice and a 9,000-square-foot outpatient facility in Holly Springs. The new Rex Holly Springs Hospital will be located on the same property near the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and Avent Ferry Road, officials said.

When the hospital opens in late 2014, it will provide services like a birth center and cancer center for residents in southern Wake County, officials said.

"The state’s decision to build a hospital in Holly Springs means they’ve recognized the health care needs of our residents,” Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears said in a statement. “The citizens of southern Wake County, including Fuquay-Varina, Willow Springs (and) Angier, will have important health services closer to home.”

Regulators also approved Rex's plans to relocate 115 acute-care beds and two operating rooms from its flagship campus in west Raleigh so it can build a new patient tower and consolidate its heart and vascular services.

The state turned aside Rex's request for a 40-bed acute care hospital in Wakefield and 11 more beds at Rex Hospital. Instead, regulators awarded those beds to WakeMed.

WakeMed plans to put 29 new beds in its flagship campus in east Raleigh – it had sought 79 beds there – and the other 22 in its Cary hospital, a spokeswoman said.

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  • funlovman Sep 29, 2011

    Medical facilities are not like other businesses where large supplies lead to price cuts. If you build them they will be consumed, raising medical cost for every one. So, it makes sense absolutely for the State to control expansions.
    For those complaining about HS being Cary, what wrong do you find with Cary? Lok at the wide avenues, parks and trimmed lawns. It is one of the great places to live in this area and beyond. Give me Cary rather than Raleigh, Durham or any of the other little places. I made a good decision to move from HS to Cary a few years ago-- now I can't stand going to HS because of teh traffic.

  • luv2surffish2 Sep 28, 2011

    rexx better than wake med.. patient care 1000% better... been in both

  • allie19 Sep 28, 2011

    The state is too involved where it shouldn't be! Alltel and Verizon merge, having a monopoly as the largest carrier. It is then that the government steps in and says "AT&T and t mobile can not merge to compete with verizon." Obviously this is in court now but really???? Oh Great One, how do you go about saying where people can build, live, tell companies who is allowed to merge with whom and who is not, where we can and can not build hospitals, etc. Wakemed has more hospitals and free standing ED's than any other hospital. They are not as profitable because Atkinson placed them in places that are not very popular, thus they have very little business. And a Brier Creek ED with 1 nurse and 1 doctor just does not make sense after all of the government assistance given. That may pick up there because Durham is close, who knows.

  • allie19 Sep 28, 2011

    Go ahead Rex!

  • chevybelair57sd Sep 28, 2011

    The state is breaking conflict of interest laws and giving unfair advantage to Rex which is typical of this good ole boy state with no checks and balances

  • Nunya123 Sep 28, 2011

    ldestefano63 - when, if ever, have you waited 2 hours to go 1/2 mile in Holly Springs? At rush hour in the morning at 55 and 1 I've had to wait, on the worst days, around 10-15 minutes. I've had to sit through 3 lights at Avent Ferry and 55 at the worst time (football game at the high school and some other activity down Avent Ferry). There are numerous back roads to bypass the bypass and if you get stuck in bypass traffic there are roads less traveled all around there. As for empty strip malls, the only one I know if is the new one behind of Pizza Hut and Wendys that is nearly empty and the main reason it doesn't have anything in it but Little Ceasars is because it had drainage issues and wasn't allowed to lease until after the Walmart shopping center opened and by then no one wanted to lease there.

  • Vietnam Vet Sep 28, 2011

    What I'd like to know is why the state has to be involved in these decisions at all. Who cares if UNC, Rex, Duke, or WakeMed want to build a hospital or whatever. Why does it have to be approved and handled like a state lottery? If someone wishes to build a hospital or other facility why does the state care as long as no state funds are involved. I say, let the open market prevail!

  • griper1 Sep 28, 2011

    I am all for a new hospital where ever it is needed. However, there is no reason to build another half-staffed band aid station just for bragging rights and a false sense of security among those who would rely on its services . Give me Rex and a 20 minute ride any day over lesser care facilities. I have faith in our emergency medical personnel and no faith in our egomaniacs who need one more building but have no money for qualified people to staff it.

  • greenpad Sep 28, 2011

    As for the people complaining to keep Holly Springs small--there are those of us that moved here expecting and wanting it to grow. I would have loved to be an "old" resident of Cary that got to watch it grow and thrive, and I hope to one day be an "old" Holly Springs resident. The town has never been vague on its intention to grow. If you want to live in a small town, there are hundreds of them out there. There are *very few* quickly growing towns out there, and that's where I want to be.

  • greenpad Sep 28, 2011

    This is great news. Southern Wake county has needed a hospital for a long time. Currently, the closest emergency room to Fuquay is Apex, which is a long drive certain times of day.

    The fact that two different hospital chains competed to build here means they expect to make money. This isn't a charity project.

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