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Rex Healthcare Projects Receive State Approval

Rex wins beds in Holly Springs and replacement patient tower on main campus

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2011

Contact: Kerry Grace Heckle
(919) 784-4471

RALEIGH, NC - Rex Healthcare announced today that the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation has approved two Certificate of Need (CON) applications. The projects approved include:

  • 50 beds in Holly Springs to build Rex Holly Springs Hospital
  • Phase I for a replacement bed tower, including relocation of 115 acute care beds from Rex's aging patient tower, relocation of 2 existing operating rooms, and consolidation of all existing heart & vascular services

"We are pleased with the state's decision that allows us to grow in order to meet the needs of our community," said Rex Healthcare President David Strong, "The residents of southern Wake County have long wanted and needed hospital services in their community. In addition, consolidation of Rex's existing heart and vascular services into one location, as we start phase 1 of our bed tower, will make accessing Rex services easier for our patients."

"It is exciting to see the beginning of the vision we all share for heart and vascular services in Wake County," said James Zidar, M.D., president of Rex Heart & Vascular Specialists. "This new facility will allow us to bring services into Wake County that do not exist today for the benefit of cardiovascular patients." "This is wonderful news for our patients," said Michael Zellinger, M.D., president of Wake Heart & Vascular Associates. "Our group joined with UNC because of Rex/UNC's vision for heart and vascular care. This means we can begin to execute on our vision of building a world class heart facility in Wake County that will allow our patients to receive the highest level of care for which they currently need to travel outside of Wake County."

Construction is almost complete on Rex Healthcare of Holly Springs. The outpatient center will open for patient care in early December 2011, with physician practices, express care, and diagnostic services. Rex Holly Springs Hospital will be built at the current Rex site on the corner of Avent Ferry Road and Highway 55, with completion planned for late 2014.

"The state's decision to build a hospital in Holly Springs means they've recognized the healthcare needs of our residents," said Dick Sears, mayor of Holly Springs. "The citizens of southern Wake County, including Fuquay-Varina, Willow Springs, Angier, will have important health services closer to home."

"This is incredible news for Holly Springs and all of southern Wake County," stated Holly Springs Town Manager Carl Dean. "Our residents deserve accessible hospital care and we are thrilled the state has validated our decade-long effort, and Rex Healthcare's commitment to our community."