WakeMed submitted two Certificate of Need (CON) applications on April 15th to add new inpatient beds to the Raleigh Campus (79 beds) and Cary Hospital (22 beds). This CON evaluation process includes a public hearing where all of the hospital applicants have 15 minutes to present their case followed by comments from the community.
And, we think we have a very strong case for adding beds to WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital as noted Stan Taylor, WakeMed vice president corporate planning, in a press release distributed on April 15, the day of the certificate of need filing.
“WakeMed is the leading provider of inpatient health care services in Wake County – the second fastest growing county in North Carolina. And, WakeMed’s high inpatient occupancy drove the allocation of 101 beds in North Carolina’s State Medical Facilities Plan. Additionally, the other hospitals in Wake County currently have un- or under-utilized acute care beds and have not shown a good track record in providing the inpatient capacity that the community needs.”
He continued, “Wake County will soon have five hospitals and four stand-alone emergency departments in geographically diverse, densely populated areas, ensuring access to healthcare across the county. Wake County does not need more hospitals. It needs to add more inpatient capacity in the county’s two busiest existing hospitals, leveraging existing infrastructure and support services already in place to add beds quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently.”
Please join us and support WakeMed’s applications either by speaking or simply attending the hearing. The more people there in support of WakeMed’s applications the better. Comments from the community in support or opposition of any project should be no more than 3 – 5 minutes.
Public Hearing specifics are as follows:
June 20, 2011
10 am – until all comments are heard
Garner Historic Auditorium (Old Garner High School)
742 West Garner Road, Garner, 27529