Published on June 30, 2015

Rex Senior Health Center to Relocate to New Home in Southeast Raleigh

Rex and Wake Health Services Partnership Expands Care for Senior Patients

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare and Wake Health Services are proud to announce a partnership that will provide a new home for the Rex Senior Health Center, with enhanced care and expanded services for senior patients in Southeast Raleigh and beyond.

The Senior Health Center will be a featured service at the new 35,000-square-foot, $13 million health center Wake Health Services is building at 1001 Rock Quarry Road. This August, patients will begin receiving services in the existing facility on Rock Quarry Road and will transition to the new building with specialized senior facilities in October. As part of the transition, Wake Health Services, the Community Health Center (CHC) in Wake and Franklin counties with a mission to provide primary care and support services to patients of all ages with or without insurance, will change its name to Advance Community Health.

Dr. Leroy Darkes, who helped found the Rex Senior Health Center 17 years ago, will continue to lead the new Senior Health Center as community medical director. The City of Raleigh, which has provided ongoing support for the Senior Health Center since it opened, is pleased to learn about the new facility and the additional offerings it will provide our community.

“This new partnership is a tremendous opportunity for us, but more importantly, for our senior patients,” Dr. Darkes said. “Our region’s population is growing and aging, and we look forward to continuing to provide personalized, compassionate medical, preventive and wellness care for many years to come.”

The transition will bring together partners who share a commitment to providing top quality care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. The new Senior Health Center will offer convenient, expanded services in one location, including primary care, dental care, behavioral health, lab services and a new pharmacy. Dr. Darkes’ geriatric health expertise will be supported by a full team of healthcare experts and clinical staff, and the center will offer expanded access to care, including early morning, evening and weekend hours.

“By combining resources, we can give seniors in the community access to quality healthcare and improve their health and well-being,” said Penny Washington, CEO of Advance Community Health. “We welcome Dr. Darkes and the expertise he brings to help engage the community in healthy living.”

Patients who want more information or to make an appointment after Aug. 17 can call (919) 833-3111 or visit

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