A new WakeMed hospital in North Raleigh that caters to the needs of women is slated for completion by Mother’s Day 2015.
The 61-bed hospital will offer pregnancy and childbirth services and medical and surgical services for women, including gynecologic surgery and treatment for pelvic floor disorders.
The hospital is being built at the corner of Durant and Falls of Neuse roads, the existing site of the WakeMed North Healthplex. It also will encompass the existing outpatient services available to men, women and children at the healthplex.
The public got its first glimpse inside the under-construction hospital Tuesday at an open house, where the hospital’s second floor labor and delivery rooms are starting to take shape.
Hospital officials are hoping that women who deliver a baby at the hospital will stick with WakeMed as their children grow, for all of their families’ needs.
“We know that women are the health decision makers,” said Carolyn Knaup, senior vice president of ambulatory and physician operations at WakeMed Health & Hospitals.
The hospital will be staffed to deliver babies immediately after opening.
On Tuesday, residents from near the hospital and WakeMed staff painted canvases that will be put together as a mural in the new building.
Sisters Belinda Wilkerson and Leslee James, who both live in North Raleigh, turned out to get a sneak peak of the hospital.
Wilkerson said she’s pleased to see a maternity ward closer to home.
“All of the other centers are across town,” she said. “It’s convenient for people living in this area.”
WakeMed wants to attract patients from North Raleigh but also fast-growing Wake Forest and southern Franklin County towns, said Kristin Kelly, a WakeMed spokeswoman.
The new hospital will include four labor and delivery triage rooms where pregnant women will be assessed, six private labor and delivery rooms with an option for two more, a surgical room for Cesarean section deliveries, four recovery rooms and 14 postpartum beds.
The hospital also will include a six-bed Level III special care nursery. If a newborn requires additional care, families will have quick access to the Level IV neonatal intensive care unit at WakeMed’s downtown campus, Knaup said.
“We have the ability to move babies, and we have the ability to move mom if we need to,” she said.