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WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Number of locations
3 hospitals, 8 outpatient facilities
Area served
Wake County, North Carolina
Key people
Donald R. Gintzig (CEO)[1]
Number of employees
8,000 +
Footnotes / references

WakeMed Health and Hospitals is a 919-bed healthcare system with multiple facilities placed around the metropolitan Raleigh, North Carolina area.[2] 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, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, high-risk pregnancy, children's care, trauma, physical rehabilitation and critical care transport.


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, 2020, WakeMed is the only provider of the following services in Wake County:[3]

  • Level I Trauma Center as designated by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • 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 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
  • 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.


WakeMed Raleigh Campus[edit]

WakeMed's largest campus, based in Raleigh, houses six 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 48-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.

WakeMed North Hospital[edit]

In May 2015, Wakemed Health and Hospitals upgraded their North Healthplex facility into a fully functioning hospital, specializing in women's and children's services. The 61-bed facility will provide comprehensive OBGYN support. It is located on Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh.

Outpatient facilities[edit]

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

  • 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.


  1. ^ "Leadership Team". Wake Med. Retrieved 21 February 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "WakeMed at a Glance". Retrieved 2008-05-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2011-03-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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