WFBMC announces construction plans in Davie County

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Monday announced construction plans for an anticipated medical center in Davie County.  The facility will also be bigger than first announced, officials said.

The first phase, which will consist of an outpatient center and medical office building, is expected to cost $79 million and will create 200 jobs upon completion.

The new facility is being named the 'West Campus' of Wake Forest Baptist Health.  It will be located on an 88-acre tract on Highway 801 at I-40 near the Yadkin River.

The medical office building will be larger than originally planned. It will be a four-story, 60,000-square-foot building containing physician offices.  Originally, the building was projected to be 35,000 square feet.

The outpatient center will be 101,000 square feet. The three-level building will contain an emergency department, outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging.

“The increased size of the medical office building will enable us to meet more of the needs of residents of the Davie County, western Forsyth County and southern Yadkin County region,” said John McConnell, M.D., chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  “The larger size also is a reflection of the interest by a broad range of physicians in having full-time offices in a convenient location for patients.”

Summit Healthcare Group of Winston-Salem is developing the medical office building, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.

The outpatient center is a more complex structure with specialized equipment. The building is scheduled for completion late next year.