WakeMed

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This article is about the healthcare system based in Raleigh, NC. For the unaffiliated medical school in Winston-Salem, NC, see Wake Forest School of Medicine.
WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Type Healthcare
Founded 1961
Headquarters Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Number of locations 2 hospitals, 8 outpatient facilities
Area served Wake County, North Carolina
Employees 8,000 +
Website http://www.wakemed.org/
Footnotes / references
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WakeMed Health and Hospitals is an 870-bed healthcare system with multiple facilities placed around the metropolitan Raleigh, North Carolina area.[1] WakeMed’s main campus is located on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina. WakeMed serves multiple counties throughout the state and specializes in a variety of services including cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, high-risk pregnancy, children’s care, trauma, physical rehabilitation and critical care transport.

History[edit]

The construction of a publicly financed hospital for Wake County, North Carolina was approved via a voter-authorized bond issue in 1955. Memorial Hospital of Wake County, today known as WakeMed Raleigh Campus, opened in 1961 with 380 beds and 50 doctors. Though originally a public hospital, WakeMed is currently a private, not-for-profit corporation that operates many facilities in and around Wake County.

As of March, 2011, WakeMed is the only provider of the following services in Wake County:[2]

  • Level I Trauma Center as designated by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Primary Stroke Center.
  • Licensed rehabilitation hospital with the most comprehensive physical rehabilitation continuum of care in eastern North Carolina.
  • Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and one of seven Harvard developmental training sites.
  • Neuro intensive care unit and dedicated neurosciences inpatient unit.
  • Children's inpatient unit and intensive care unit - staffed around the clock by pediatric intensivists.
  • Children's diabetes and asthma programs.
  • Pediatrics specialists in surgery, neurology, endocrinology, orthopaedics, neonatology, child development and more.
  • Women's Pavilion and Birthplace - Cary
  • North Healthplex offers the state's first stand alone full-service emergency department.
  • Emergency Services Institute focusing on research, emergency preparedness and response in the event of community emergencies and disaster either natural or man-made.
  • Patient Simulation Center for training health professionals.

Facilities[edit]

WakeMed Raleigh Campus[edit]

WakeMed's largest campus, based in Raleigh, houses five adult intensive care units, a same-day surgery center, two 24-hour emergency departments, one for adults and another for children, an 84-bed rehabilitation hospital, a Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace, a 36-bed neonatal intensive care nursery, physician practices through WakeMed Faculty Physicians, laboratories and diagnostic services.

WakeMed Cary Hospital[edit]

WakeMed Cary Hospital, located in Cary, North Carolina opened in 1991 as Western Wake Medical Center. It is a 156-bed hospital with 24-hour emergency services, a same-day surgery center, a Women's Pavilion & Birthplace, an intensive care unit, imaging services, and a sleep center specializing in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

Outpatient facilities[edit]

In addition to its two full service hospitals, WakeMed operates several outpatient facilities that include freestanding emergency departments. The stand alone emergency department locations include:

  • WakeMed North HealthPlex, located on Falls of Neuse Rd. in north Raleigh
  • WakeMed Brier Creek Medical Park, located in the Brier Creek area between Raleigh and Durham
  • WakeMed Apex HealthPlex, located in Apex
  • WakeMed Garner HealthPlex, located in Garner, North Carolina

The system also has multiple outpatient rehab locations in and around Wake County.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WakeMed at a Glance". Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2011-03-28. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°47′05″N 78°35′16″W / 35.7847°N 78.5879°W / 35.7847; -78.5879