Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Breaks Ground on Cloverdale Outpatient Surgery Center

January 18, 2024

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Breaks Ground on Cloverdale Outpatient Surgery CenterAtrium Health Wake Forest Baptist held a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the official beginning of construction on the new $78 million Cloverdale Outpatient Surgery Center.

Located at the corner of Cloverdale Ave. and Medical Center Blvd., across from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the 72,000-square-foot facility will provide easy access and convenient parking for patients.

The outpatient surgery center will include eight operating rooms, two procedure rooms, a simulation operating room and a robotic surgery training room, along with 32 beds to accommodate prep, recovery and post-anesthesia care.

Services will include general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopaedic, urology and plastic surgery.

“As we continue to celebrate 100 years of serving our community, this facility – along with our care tower which is under construction – is a tangible example of our commitment to continue to grow to meet the needs of our patients and the communities we serve,” said Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag, CEO and chief academic officer at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, chief academic officer and executive vice president at Advocate Health and executive vice president for health affairs at Wake Forest University.

Like large academic medical centers across the country, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center serves an increasing number of patients with the most complex needs who often require hospitalization and the advanced capabilities of a large medical center.

“Moving appropriate outpatient surgical cases from inside a large medical center to a more convenient and easy-to-access outpatient surgery center provides many benefits to patients and their loved ones and helps add much-needed capacity for increased inpatient needs, so we can continue to provide the best care possible to all of our patients who count on us,” said Dr. David Zaas, president of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Breaks Ground on Cloverdale Outpatient Surgery CenterThe outpatient surgery center will have additional on-site capabilities for patients with more complex needs who may benefit from extended recovery time.

“As the region’s only academic learning health system, investing in a new facility such as this, with the latest technology and innovations, will help us continue to attract even more surgeons, faculty members and staff and will also benefit our residents, fellows and students, as we train the next generation of surgeons and health care leaders,” said Dr. Matthew Edwards, chief of surgical operations and vascular surgeon at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and professor and chair of vascular surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s Cloverdale Outpatient Surgery Center is expected to open in mid-2025.

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