WakeMed will seek to expand the rehabilitation hospital at its main Raleigh campus to provide more services for a growing and aging population of patients recovering from strokes, joint replacements and traumatic injuries.
WakeMed officials will apply with state regulators this week for permission to add 14 beds at its existing rehab facility, which already has 84 beds. The expansion would allow WakeMed to offer more specialized care, said Stan Taylor, the hospital's vice president of corporate planning.
"When you get to a critical mass of around 100 beds, you can really do some things smaller hospitals can't," he added during a phone interview last week. "This additional allocation of beds would move us up to a level with world-reknowned programs" such as the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
But other hospitals in this region will submit their own proposals for the 14 beds, which state regulators have determined this area needs to meet increasing demand. Applications are due this week to the state's Certificate of Need office, which controls major medical projects to limit costs.