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Rex plans $132M expansion, renovation

Posted June 11, 2010 1:58 p.m. EDT
Updated July 6, 2010 11:33 a.m. EDT

— 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.