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WakeMed Buys Land for Eastern Wake Facility

Posted August 8, 2007

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— WakeMed has purchased 10 acres off U.S. Highway 64 in Wendell for a health-care facility to serve eastern Wake County, officials said Wednesday.

The $22 million WakeMed East Healthplex, in the Wendell Falls subdivision, will include a 24-hour, standalone emergency department, physician offices, a CT scanner and ultrasound, mammography, general radiology, fluoroscopy and laboratory services.

An application for the facility was submitted to state regulators in March.

The facility will be similar to WakeMed North Healthplex, which opened in 2002 at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Durant roads in north Raleigh, officials said. That facility opened the state's first stand-alone emergency department two years ago and had 23,135 patient-visits last year.

"WakeMed's ambulatory growth strategy is to bring health-care services to patients in their neighborhoods," Carolyn Knaup, WakeMed vice president for ambulatory services, said in a statement. "Eastern Wake County and the communities of Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon are poised to grow quickly in the coming years. With the addition of WakeMed East Healthplex, we will ensure these new residents have convenient access to high-quality health-care services."

Construction is scheduled to begin on WakeMed East Healthplex late next year after a highway interchange near Eagle Rock Road  and U.S. 64 opens, officials said. The facility should open by fall 2009.

WakeMed also has an option to purchase 10 acres adjacent to the property in Wendell Falls for future expansion, officials said.


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  • FonziBeWithYou Aug 9, 2007

    I'm excited about this! I'll be graduating soon and am hoping to get a job with WakeMed, and this new facility will be closer to where I live (Rocky Mt).

  • gopanthers Aug 8, 2007

    Boy Wakemed sure has a lot of power. They can expand but Louisburg can not move and build a new facility in Franklin County where they want (state gave a thumbs down on that plan).
    Oh well I guess having enough Medical Clinics/Hospitals is the most important thing no matter who they are. But it makes me wonder who is running this state. The state or Wakemed.

  • godukebasketball Aug 8, 2007

    Duke, WakeMed, and Rex are all planning to buld facilities out in the Knightdale/Wendell area with various types of services.

  • nic Aug 8, 2007

    The problem with WakeMed is that they continue to expand and build new facilities but don't have enough staff to care for the patients and employees that are at the existing facilities

  • Nobody but Carolina Aug 8, 2007

    wa4mjf, there is an outpatient location in Zebulon, but there is no land there that's not being used to the point where they can expand except by going up and they may be limited in that by town ordinances. It actually makes sense to put this location where this article is talking about considering how big that subdivision is going to be when all is said and done, something in the neighborhood of 4000 homes.

  • NCTravellinman Aug 8, 2007

    I thought there was already a Eastern Wake Med in Zebulon. Why buy more land, when they have plenty of land there that they don't use????

    They'll put a barbecue joint on the clear land. Gotta have a feeder institution :-)

  • Lexus-1 Aug 8, 2007

    Having been a patient of both Western Wake Med in Cary and Rex Healthcare, it must be said that no healthcare system is immune to problems. Both of these entities provided excellent quality healthcare to me during both major surgeries and should be recognized for their efforts. I would be willing to say that if someone is "dying" they seek medical intervention from either facility.

  • RonnieR Aug 8, 2007

    I thought there was already a Eastern Wake Med in Zebulon. Why buy more land, when they have plenty of land there that they don't use????

  • alleyez Aug 8, 2007

    We all have some good and bad experiences at Rex and Wake. I just hope they provide better service since its at a smaller location. I prefer Rex over Wake Med. When it comes to having a baby and sewing up the wrong thing and your bowels poison the insides....and almost die. I just hope and pray for the doctors and nurses that are caring for everyone. I just hope they feel like its not just a job but feel in their heart they want to help people in need.

  • Nobody but Carolina Aug 8, 2007

    rpdwife05.......Yes, Rex does intend to put a Healthcare Center where you're talking about.