WakeMed has been an integral part of the Southeast Raleigh community for nearly 50 years, and as the largest organization in the area we are committed to being a good neighbor. We’re partnering with our community on several initiatives designed to transform this important gateway into our city, making New Bern Avenue an attractive welcome to people entering Raleigh from the I-440 Beltline, Highway 64 or downtown. We are hugely impressed with the revitalization of downtown Raleigh and are hopeful that it can extend into our community.
As part of Raleigh’s new comprehensive master plan, which went into effect on November 1, we will be working with city officials on the creation of a “Medical District” that encompasses WakeMed, Wake County health offices, WakeTech’s Health Sciences campus and other health-related organizations located near New Bern Avenue. This will allow us to better coordinate future development and create a better neighborhood atmosphere. Part of that involves transportation issues. One of our goals is to make the area around WakeMed easier to navigate – with more sidewalks, bike routes and bus stops.
One of the first things we’ve recently accomplished is our partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, the City of Raleigh and Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) to build a signalized pedestrian crosswalk on New Bern Avenue. Since the construction of two pharmacies across the street from the hospital, we’ve seen patients and their children make this dangerous walk across New Bern Avenue – one of the busiest thoroughfares in Wake County. A new crosswalk will help prevent accidents and will keep our patients and their families safe after they leave our campus.
In addition, we have been talking with the Raleigh Police Department about how we can work together to improve public safety and reduce violent crime in the community. We will share more information about those efforts in a future blog post.