July 16, 2008

Davie County Hospital/Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has applied to the State to build a replacement hospital with obstetrical services for Davie County Hospital.

This is the fourth Certificate of Need that Davie County Hospital/Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has filed within the last year and is similar to the one withdrawn this spring. The hospital would have 46 acute care beds and four obstetrical beds, along with two operating rooms, an endoscopy room, a minor procedure room, physical therapy, radiology, lab and emergency services.

The hospital would cost approximately $104 million and would be located on the same site at I-40 and Route 801 in eastern Davie County as proposed in the other applications.

“We have submitted this application to make certain we are leaving no stone unturned in our effort to get the State’s permission to replace the existing Davie County Hospital,” said Donny Lambeth, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Hospital.

“We believe Davie County residents deserve obstetrical services in their County,” said William B. Applegate, M. D., Interim President of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine.

“In Davie County, we can’t understand why Forsyth County can have four hospitals and a fifth on appeal, and Davie County cannot have one modern hospital,” said Terry Bralley, Davie County Manager. The site of the proposed hospital is accessible to nearly all residents of the County and is in an area designated for commercial development where highways are already being improved, Bralley added.

The State will hold a public hearing on the application in September.The State is considering the appeal of Davie County Hospital/Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center of the rejection to build an 81-bed hospital. In addition, the State is considering a second application that would have 50 acute care beds but no obstetrical services. A decision on that application is expected in August.

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the University’s School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the Nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and 4th in the Southeastern United States in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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