WakeMed is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, about 35 minutes from Chapel Hill. This hospital system began as Wake Memorial Hospital in 1961, and now includes 4 other satellite hospitals.The first open-heart procedure was performed in 1968, and the neuro-intensive care unit opened in 1973. When Wake Memorial Hospital expanded to 560 beds in 1978 it was renamed Wake Medical Center, and renamed again just recently to WakeMed Raleigh. WakeMed Cary, a new 80-bed facility, was opened in Cary, NC, in 1991. Current resident rotations are held only at the Raleigh campus.
THE CLINICAL FACILITIES
WakeMed Raleigh is an acute care hospital with an adjoining 56 bed Rehabilitation Hospital and serves as the only Trauma Center(Level I) for the city of Raleigh. The main hospital contains Wake Heart Center, a neonatal intensive care unit, and five adult intensive care areas (cardiac ICU, a surgical ICU, a neurological ICU, a medical ICU, and a cardiothoracic ICU). The hospital specializes in the treatment of heart disease, neurological disease, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, high risk pregnancies and trauma care. The rehabilitation hospital is the largest in the Triangle, and has been awarded a certificate of need to add 23 more beds. The ED census is approximately 120,000, including the adult ED, express care, and the Children's ED. The all new Children's Emergency Department opened in 1997 and currently sees approximately 45,000 patients per year. In 2004 WakeMed opened a fourth bay (A, B, C, & D) for a total of 56 acute beds in the ED. Each bay is staffed with single-attending coverage.
The main hospital has a medical staff of over 500 members and Emergency Medicine is the sixth largest group of specialists in the hospital. Trauma and emergency care are a featured aspect of the hospital's mission in the county. The main hospital supports the most active cardiac diagnostic and interventional service in Wake County and ranks third in the state. The ED is staffed by Wake Emergency Physicians, PA, which is a private, independent, democratic group of 65 board-certified/prepared EM physicians. Seven of these physicians are double-boarded in either Peds EM or EM/Peds.
Wake Medical Center participates in several residency programs through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The training programs represented at WMC include emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, otolaryngology, orthopedics, pediatrics, urology, and surgery. There are dedicated faculty in each of these specialties, all supported by the regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) or the hospital.