Published on April 30, 2014

Raleigh’s First Hospital Marks Milestone Birthday, Looks Ahead to Future

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare marks a major milestone on May 1, as Raleigh’s first hospital and one of Wake County’s largest employers commemorates its 120th anniversary.

Since 1894, Rex has cared for generations of Raleigh patients and their families by saving lives, bringing new babies into the world and improving the overall health of our community. The hospital has grown dramatically since its first days in the old Governor Manly House 120 years ago, but continues to fulfill founder John Rex’s dream of providing care to the “sick and afflicted poor.”

In 1980, Rex moved to its permanent home at the corner of Lake Boone Trail and Blue Ridge Road, and has added suburban campuses in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Wakefield and Knightdale. Today, Rex is home to one of the busiest surgery centers in the Southeast, one of the busiest birth centers in North Carolina, a world-renowned cancer center, five Wellness Centers, four Express Care clinics and much more. Our commitment to excellence, quality and innovation has earned Rex high marks in a wide range of local and national rankings, including the top spot in Business North Carolina’s Best Hospitals list for 2014.

As Rex prepares to care for new generations, planning has begun for the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital on its main Raleigh campus. When it opens in 2017, the eight-story hospital will be a destination for heart and vascular care in the Southeast, providing innovative treatment, prevention, rehabilitation and education in one location.

On the afternoon of May 1, Rex will celebrate its birthday with cupcakes for co-workers at its Raleigh campus and suburban campuses across Wake County. Share your fondest memories on our Facebook page

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