Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center today announced plans to build a new surgery center to replace its current operating rooms.
The $31.5 million project will be jointly funded by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and local philanthropy.
The state-of-the-art surgical facility will include four fully digital operating rooms that can accommodate various types of procedures and specialties. In addition, a cystoscopy procedure room, a 10-bay post-anesthesia care unit, a dedicated waiting area for families, and a consultation room for physicians and family members will enhance the care provided at Lexington Medical Center.
“Our current operating rooms were built almost 40 years ago, so this new facility is greatly needed to ensure that we will be able to meet the future needs of our community and provide an even better experience for our patients and families,” said Bill James, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center. “This new surgery center will be built separate from our current surgical services area, so we will be able to continue surgeries while the new facility is under construction.”
The new surgical facility will be located adjacent to the outpatient surgery center entrance on Emergency Drive. The preliminary site work involves removing the parking lot in this area and upgrading the hospital’s central energy plant to support the entire facility. The existing road around the hospital will also be reworked to maintain traffic flow.
Once the new surgery center is completed, the four existing operating rooms will be converted to procedure rooms.
Construction on the 26,500 square-foot facility is expected to begin this summer. Lexington Medical Center is working with Rodgers Builders of Charlotte and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, also of Charlotte. Both companies have extensive knowledge and experience with hospital design and construction.
An official groundbreaking is planned for summer. Details of the capital campaign will be announced at that time.
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