Construction work to begin for $450m Wake Forest Baptist Health care tower

WCN Editorial Team 16 Apr 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will soon begin construction work for the new $450m care tower in its campus.

The project will be seeing state-of-the-art operating rooms, an upgraded emergency department and improved adult intensive care units.

Due to Wake Forest Baptist Health’s strategic collaboration with Atrium Health, this is the latest of a series of significant investments in the Triad.

The care tower will be constructed in the place which currently houses Parking Deck B.

However, before the parking deck is brought down, two helipads need to be built on the top of Parking Deck C, which is located close to the emergency department and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

These will help provide landing and take-off space for not only Wake Forest Baptist’s AirCare medical helicopters but also those from other hospitals and air ambulance providers.

Parking Deck C will also see the installation of a new elevator large enough to accommodate a stretcher and several staff members, which will allow the quick and safe transportation of patients from helicopters to the emergency department, trauma centre and operating rooms.

Plans also include an extra helipad on top of the care tower. Once that is built, the existing helipads on the top of Parking Deck B will be removed along with the whole parking deck.

Wake Forest Baptist Health CEO, Wake Forest School of Medicine dean, and Atrium Health chief academic officer Julie Ann Freischlag said: “As a leading academic health system, we are committed to growing and adapting to meet the needs of our community and our region. This new, world-class facility will allow us to enhance our clinical capabilities and provide leading-edge educational and research opportunities to help improve trauma and emergency care in our region and across the country.”

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center president Cathleen Wheatley said: “As the only Level I Trauma Center and Burn Center in the region, we serve patients and their families from not only North Carolina, but from surrounding states. Many people have been working behind the scenes on this project for quite some time, and we are eager to begin construction on this tower that will enable us to provide even better life-saving care to those who count on us.”

Because the tower is going to come up in place of an existing structure, Wake Forest Baptist will be communicating parking and traffic flow changes on campus to patients and visitors well in advance of and throughout the construction period for easy navigation and access to the medical centre.
The care tower is scheduled for completion by the end of 2025.

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Construction work to begin for $450m Wake Forest Baptist Health care tower. (Credit: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157.)

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