A new emergency department is open in Raleigh. WakeMed's latest free-standing medical facility is in Brier Creek, near the Wake-Durham county line. WakeMed's Carolyn Knaup says they chose the location based on the area's rapid growth.
Carolyn Knaup: It's totally locally driven - i.e., when you need emergency care, you need it close to where you live or where you work. So, in doing our demographic assessment really felt like the Brier Creek area afforded lots of opportunity to be able to meet the need in that community.
Knaup says the facility will allow local residents to seek emergency care without having to get to a hospital but if further treatment is needed, patients can be transported to any area hospital. The Brier Creek Healthplex has 12 beds, diagnostic imaging facilities, and a lab.