Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL16ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 1 42 HEALTHCARE Healthcare Regardless of the existing (or unforeseen) healthcare needs your family faces once you relocate to the Johnston/South Wake area, the quality of healthcare choices is unsurpassed. From choosing that new family physician, dentist, ophthalmologist or other specialist, to that unexpected, middle-of-the-night trip to the ER, the region is rich with convenient and quality options. Johnston County's main health care system is based in Smithfield. Johnston Health (JH) opened its first hospital in 1951 and has continued to keep pace with the ever-changing world of medicine by adding both facilities and services never even dreamed of 60-70 years ago. The flagship hospital in Smithfield is licensed for 179 medical/surgical beds and 20 behavioral health beds and includes a 24/7 emergency department and various outpatient services. Within the last 10 years JH has opened a new five-story wing with 101 patient suites, a food court, modern operating rooms and a 16-bed intensive care unit. In 2009, Johnston Health Clayton was opened to provide easy access to care for the growing population in and around Clayton and included a new three- story wing, freestanding emergency department and an outpatient center that provides same day surgery, imaging and a lab. The Johnston Professional Plaza is home to JH's medical and radiation oncology services as well as a primary care practice. Johnston Health also includes other primary care offices in Clayton as well as in Kenly, an urgent care center in Smithfield and the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. In partnership with UNC Health Care, JH's team of more than 1,400 full-time and part-time employees plus a medical staff of nearly 300 physicians makes it a leader in the area in healthcare options for every member of the family. Since its beginning in 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals (WMHH) has grown to become the largest health system in the state's largest county. WMHH is headquartered in Raleigh and its 919-bed system is comprised of a network of facilities throughout the area, including three full-service hospitals. There are 1,100 physicians on medical staff and WMHH is also supported by the WakeMed Foundation and more than 1,000 WakeMed Volunteers. WakeMed is home to Wake Area Health Education Center which serves as a residency site for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campbell University and Duke University School of Medicine. WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Duke Health, earlier this year, signed a joint operating agreement to work together to deliver highly-coordinated cardiovascular care, better services, and greater value and affordability to Wake BY LAUREL HYATT County's population of heart patients. The two are also in discussions related to a similar collaboration involving cancer services in Wake County. The agreement is not a merger. Duke Health and WakeMed will continue to operate independently apart from the collaboration and maintain their own identities. The heart care collaboration, Heart Care Plus+, has just begun the transition and integration process that will bring both heart teams together to work toward swift implementation resulting in even a broader scope of cardiac care. Just the thought of having to receive imaging services, in a medical sense, is scary enough. If you should find yourself in need of such help, it's nice to know that close by there is a company who has been serving the area for over 60 years. Wake Radiology (WR) provides dedicated clinical teams of 4-10 radiologists trained on a particular subspecialty so that they are able to consistently deliver the true subspecialty interpretations, complete coverage and quick responses. Unlike most facilities, WR is not owned by a major healthcare conglomerate or national outpatient imaging business. Instead, Wake Radiology sites are local, independent, radiologist-owned and patient-oriented practices. Wake Radiology has outpatient offices with convenient, well- lit parking and many have evening and weekend hours. Walk-ins are welcomed for select exams. MRI services are provided seven days a week with early morning and late evening appointments available. For screening mammography patients, same-day appointments >> certified, qualified, exemplary

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