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WakeMed to build women's hospital in north Raleigh

Posted April 13, 2011

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— WakeMed is moving ahead with plans to build a women's hospital in north Raleigh.

The 61-bed acute care facility, which will focus on inpatient women’s specialty services, including obstetrics and gynecology, is projected to cost $62 million. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this fall, and the hospital is expected to open in October 2013.

The WakeMed North Hospital will be made part of the current WakeMed North Healthplex. The addition of the hospital is expected to add nearly 300 jobs at the campus, which currently employs about 150.

“Since opening in 2002, WakeMed North Healthplex’ consumer-driven volumes have consistently outpaced projections, demonstrating the great demand for health care services in this community,” Dr. Bill Atkinson, WakeMed’s chief executive, said in a statement.

“Transitioning to a hospital is the next logical step, as the infrastructure is already in place and the community has a critical mass of 262,000 residents living within a seven-mile radius,” Atkinson said. “While the hospital will initially open with a women’s focus, our plan is for it to continue to expand to meet the needs of women, men and children alike."

WakeMed was authorized to add 41 beds in north Raleigh in 2009, but the project was delayed due to the economy. Another 20 beds designated for acute care will be moved from WakeMed’s main campus in Raleigh.

The hospital will be the fifth operated by WakeMed.

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  • Sherlock Apr 14, 2011

    Why not a mas hospital?

  • soyousay Apr 14, 2011

    WakeMed North has a full service 24 hour ED- MU you can go anytime you like. It also has surgical services, radiology and any number of other services right this very second. Normally you have to actually need care, and Wake will not turn you away from the ED unless you are not in need of care

  • Mugu Apr 14, 2011

    Sexist. Once they open it, I am going to go there for care and when turned away, sue them for discrimination.

  • Arapaloosa Apr 14, 2011

    It's amazing how uninformed you people are. Insurance premiums build insurance offices, not hospitals! Wow... Before you all make comments about how hospitals are swimming in money, maybe you should take a look at their operating expenses. Hospitals operate on such a slim margin; it's like walking a tightrope to keep the doors open. It's like you think you should get a Mercedes for the cost of a KIA. Get a life! Do you know how much it costs to purchase and then maintain an MRI? Do you realize how expensive it is to outfit an open-heart operating room? Ridiculous...

  • soyousay Apr 14, 2011

    obx..With the economy the way it is I would hope this would be wonderful news to those unemployed but everything I am ready is negative. Why is that

    because there are consultants (Wellspring I believe) at Wake Med who are there to "restructure", so to speak. The 20 beds from the main campus will mean transfers of the staff in addition to the layoffs expected this summer

  • this is fdup Apr 13, 2011

    small same day surgery at this place cost over $6000 for something that took less than a hour. Hospitals are a bunch of crooks

  • carrboroyouth Apr 13, 2011

    For those wanting a men's hospital - let us know when you start giving birth.

  • obx_native13 Apr 13, 2011

    "The addition of the hospital is expected to add nearly 300 jobs at the campus, which currently employs about 150."

    With the economy the way it is I would hope this would be wonderful news to those unemployed but everything I am ready is negative. Why is that?

  • readerman Apr 13, 2011

    and this helps the general public how?

  • what_in_the____ Apr 13, 2011

    Nothing like cutting jobs and laying people off at the WakeMed Main Campus, no money for bonuses or raises, BUT by all means, let's spend $62 Million on a new hospital!! This is Pathetic!!

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