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Garner Gives Go-ahead for WakeMed Healthplex

WakeMed is on track to open a health care complex on U.S. 70 in Garner, scheduled to open in April 2013.

The Garner Town Council approved this week a special use permit for the facility and agreed to rezone the 20-acre site across from the Agri-Supply store, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

The 50,000-square-foot facility will feature a 14-bed emergency department and lab services, and include physicians’ offices. It will also serve as the base for medical helicopter operations and create about 150 jobs.

An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people could be treated in the emergency department in the first year. That number could jump to 27,000 by the end of the facility’s first decade in operations.

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