WakeMed administrators have proposed adding 52 new beds and an operating suite to the current 156-bed facility in Cary, instead of its initial $60 million proposed expansion on WakeMed’s main Raleigh campus.
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WakeMed’s application to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says that since the 30 beds were approved for its flagship Raleigh hospital in 2014, patient demand for medical services has grown much faster in Cary than in Raleigh.
WakeMed said the expansion in Cary is justified for a number of reasons. WakeMed expects a significant increase in patients from the planned Chatham Park community in eastern Chatham County, where up to 22,000 new homes are planned for as many as 60,000 new residents near Jordan Lake and Pittsboro.
WakeMed applied to transfer the permit to Cary after the state agency notified the health care organization this summer that, after repeated delays, the state permit to add 30 beds in Raleigh would not be further extended.