Today, WakeMed broke ground on WakeMed North Hospital, Wake County’s fifth hospital and the county’s first women’s focused hospital.
The groundbreaking took place during the Ladies Day event, where women throughout the community attended seminars, got health information and participated in screenings.
“As the northern Wake County community continues to grow, there is an increase in the demand for our services. The increased patient volumes we are seeing at WakeMed North Healthplex more than supports the development of a hospital at this location,” explained Carolyn Knaup, vice president, WakeMed ambulatory services. “While we fully expect WakeMed North Hospital to eventually expand into a full-service hospital, serving men, women and children, the immediate need is for women’s services.”
With an anticipated opening date of fall 2014, WakeMed North Hospital will be a 61-bed acute care hospital with a focus on inpatient women’s specialty services, offering a full range of obstetric and gynecological services, including comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, surgery, and therapeutic care.
The addition of a women’s focused-hospital further complements WakeMed’s dedication to women’s services across the system. This month, WakeMed also opened a newly renovated and expanded Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace on the Raleigh Campus. This renovation/expansion was made possible when the pediatric care unit was vacated last year due to the opening of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital on the Raleigh Campus.
The changes will allow for the renovation and expansion of Wake County’s only level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This expansion is the second phase of the WakeMed Foundation’s Just For Kids Kampaign.