Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the US is all set to begin construction works of the new $450m Care Tower.

The tower is the next step in a series of investments in the Triad as a result of strategic combination between Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health.

Construction works will involve upgrades to emergency department, operating rooms and enhanced adult intensive care units. The tower is expected to be completed by 2025.

Wake Forest Baptist Health CEO Julie Ann Freischlag said: “As a leading academic health system, we are committed to growing and adapting to meet the needs of our community and our region.

“This new, world-class facility will allow us to enhance our clinical capabilities and provide leading-edge educational and research opportunities to help improve trauma and emergency care in our region and across the country.”

The new Care Tower will be built at the existing Parking Deck B location.

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In order to accommodate medical helicopters from Wake Forest Baptist’s AirCare, and those from other hospitals and air ambulance providers, two new helipads will be built on the top of Parking Deck C.

Additionally, the hospital authorities will construct a new elevator in Parking Deck C to facilitate transportation of patients from helicopters to the emergency department, trauma centre and operating rooms.

Once completed, the existing helipad on top of Parking Deck B will then be removed, along with the entire parking deck.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center president Cathleen Wheatley said: “As the only Level I Trauma Center and Burn Center in the region, we serve patients and their families from not only North Carolina, but from surrounding states.

“Many people have been working behind the scenes on this project for quite some time, and we are eager to begin construction on this tower that will enable us to provide even better life-saving care to those who count on us.”