I’m so glad you asked. For WakeMed, what’s new is a women’s hospital in north Raleigh! This is a big deal for our system and for the community, especially since it is the first new hospital opening in Wake County since WakeMed Cary Hospital opened its doors in 1991.
The Women’s Hospital at WakeMed North is more than just a new, beautiful building offering a warm, inviting, hotel-like environment. This new hospital is the first women’s hospital in our community, exclusively focusing on childbirth and inpatient gynecological services. Although we welcome your private doctor at all times, WakeMed North will be the first hospital in this area to employ OB hospitalists, which means that an experienced, board-certified doctor will be on-site 24/7, ready to assist with your care. If your doctor is unavailable, the OB hospitalist will take excellent care of you and will deliver your baby when you go into labor, which we all know is as likely to happen at 3 am as it is at 3 pm. Our OB hospitalists can partner with your community physician and focus exclusively on providing a positive birth experience either all the way through delivery or until your physician arrives to take over.
What’s not new are our highly experienced doctors and nurses. Our team of healthcare providers, including our OB hospitalists, offer a wealth of experience and have delivered tens of thousands of babies during their careers. The majority of the nurses working at WakeMed North have transferred to the hospital from the other two hospitals within our system or from other hospitals in our area. Our maternal fetal medicine specialists have an office at WakeMed North and work with women throughout the system, providing seamless, top-notch care for high-risk pregnancies or complicated deliveries, regardless of where they initially enter the system. The neonatologists staffing our Level III Special Care Nursery are the same highly experienced physicians who provide care at our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the Raleigh Campus, where the highest level of neonatal care is delivered in all of Wake County. Additionally, we will continue to deliver exceptional healthcare to the entire family through our physician offices, emergency department, imaging services and lab, just like always.
So, although there is a lot new about the Women’s Hospital at WakeMed North, the things that really matter from a patient care perspective are not new at all. We invite you to tour our new hospital and meet our healthcare providers during our community open house event, being held tomorrow (Saturday, May 9, from 10 am to 2 pm). I look forward to meeting you there.