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WakeMed Cary Hospital Celebrates 25 Years

This week, WakeMed Cary Hospital celebrates a significant milestone in its history – its 25th Anniversary since opening on December 16, 1991.

Originally known as Western Wake Medical Center, the facility opened with 80 beds nearly 10 years after WakeMed first sought permission to build the hospital in Cary.

WakeMed (then called Wake Medical Center) underwent court battles between Humana, Inc., who also wanted to build a hospital in Cary, and facility design changes with increased construction costs once the project got underway. In the end, the facility opened and replaced the former Western Wake Hospital in Apex.


In this Picture:

TOP RIGHT: Ann Partica and Phillippa Hertick were 2 of more than 200 volunteers who offered their time and Services to Western Wake Medical Center.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Larry Toth became one of 3 on-duty pharmacists at Western Wake Medical Center.
BOTTOM LEFT: Elizabeth Butzke stocked the gift shop’s shelves in preparation for Cary Hospital’s grand opening back in 1991.
TOP LEFT: Technologist, Jennifer Sousa, was one of many hired by Western Wake Medical Center.

Serving the Health Care Needs of the Community 25 Years Later

Today, Cary Hospital has nearly doubled in size and has 156 beds, 1,135 employees and a medical staff of 810 members. The scope of services has also expanded providing much needed health care services to not only Cary, but the growing communities of Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville and Fuquay-Varina.


In this Picture:
TOP: Main lobby at Western Wake Medical Center under construction c. 1991
BOTTOM: Main lobby at WakeMed Cary Hospital (present day)

You can learn more about WakeMed Cary Hospital here.