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Rex plans $132M expansion, renovation

Posted June 11, 2010
Updated July 6, 2010

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— Rex Healthcare plans to ask state regulators to approve $132 million in upgrades and expansions at its flagship hospital in west Raleigh, officials said Friday.

The projects are part of Rex's Vision 2030 effort to configure the hospital to meet the needs of the area over the next 20 years, spokeswoman Melody Hunter-Pillion said.

Rex wants to build a cancer hospital, consolidate its heart and vascular treatment operations and renovate its operating rooms so they can accommodate current technology. Hunter-Pillion said the operating rooms are more than 25 years old, and Rex is one of the leading hospitals in North Carolina for inpatient surgeries.

The projects also would include renovations to Rex Hospital to create a separate entrance for surgical patients and visitors and a connector between the new Heart & Vascular Center and the patient tower.

The expansion would add 126,959 square feet to the hospital, and the renovations would upgrade another 80,046 square feet. The projects are expected to be completed by October 2015.

A public hearing on the projects is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at 701 Barbour Drive on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus in Raleigh.

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  • miseem Jun 11, 2010

    I think some people are jumping to conclusions. You need to know what you're talking about before you criticize. Every hospital in NC has to get state approval for major expansions. It does not mean they are asking for state money, just state required approval to use their own money to upgrade the hospital. Read carefully - they are asking state regulators, not the general assembly.

  • 1 of the original Americans Jun 11, 2010

    I had the misfortune to carry someone to Rex for emergency treatment. I will never do that again.

    WakeMed is not much better.... I had taken someone to the satalite on falls and he got transferred to New Bern to be admitted and I had to go through the ER waiting room.... terrible!!!

  • 1 of the original Americans Jun 11, 2010

    wait I thought the hospitals were broke from all the "illegals" not paying their bills??? 120 mil??? somebody is paying and they cant be loosing that much... just wait long enough and the truth comes out!!!

  • OGE Jun 11, 2010

    I had the misfortune to carry someone to Rex for emergency treatment. I will never do that again. As to them getting taxpayer money, that has to stop. If they can not collect enough money to take care of their own needs, then they should close.
    whatelseisnew

    I'll second that...my wife went to Rex with blood a clot in her legs and they put in acute care like she was only there due to a headache or something. 3 hours later she got fed up and left.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 11, 2010

    "Everyone complains about the spending, but they are the first ones to complain about the facilities not being efficient or how bad the healthcare is"

    I had the misfortune to carry someone to Rex for emergency treatment. I will never do that again. As to them getting taxpayer money, that has to stop. If they can not collect enough money to take care of their own needs, then they should close.

  • robertlbradley Jun 11, 2010

    Everyone complains about the spending, but they are the first ones to complain about the facilities not being efficient or how bad the healthcare is. Rex is a great hospital and we are lucky to have it in Raleigh. They have great leaders who are doing what is necessary to meet the needs of the community. Thank you Rex....

  • OGE Jun 11, 2010

    So this is where all my being overcharged for this overhyped place is going to.

  • Student Nurse Jun 11, 2010

    My bitter side feels that this money will come from the schools.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 11, 2010

    How does REX spell recession? $120 million upgrade. Go healthcare industry!!!!

  • ncguy Jun 11, 2010

    Seems like the medical feild is the only one growing- why? because they rip you off every chance they get- and then they wonder why so many don't pay?