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Duke Raleigh Hospital Opens New South Pavilion Bed Tower

The expansion and renovations are Duke’s largest investment in Wake County to date


Sarah Avery
Sarah Avery
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RALEIGH, N.C. –Duke Raleigh Hospital will celebrate the opening of its South Pavilion on July 8, with move-in for patients expected on July 12. 

The nearly $196 million dollar project – which includes renovations to the hospital’s existing bed tower -- is Duke Health’s largest investment in Wake County to date. The South Pavilion features 92 single-occupancy patient rooms, nine state-of-the-art operating suites and a new kitchen and café for patients and visitors.

“The newly completed South Pavilion adds space, not just for innovative care, but more room for families to be involved in the healing process during their stay,” said Leigh Bleecker, Duke Raleigh Hospital interim president. “This expansion brings us to 256 available beds in our facility -- 186 licensed inpatient beds, plus 70 beds for observation and outpatient procedures. This total includes 28 ICU beds -- an increase from the 15 we have today.”

A virtual Grand Opening Ceremony will be held Thursday, July 8, from 1-1:30 p.m. at 

The six-story South Pavilion compliments the hospital’s existing North Pavilion, which will be undergoing renovations in August to expand surgical areas, enhance the chapel and create a new corridor to link the two patient towers. 

Construction on the new, 210,200-square-foot South Pavilion building began in 2018 and was designed to enhance patient and visitor experiences during their stays. Patient rooms include separate sitting areas for families, and new waiting rooms on inpatient floors overlooking Wake Forest Road. 

Additionally, the new building incorporates art throughout, with a large, open lobby displaying work from local artists. The expanded café includes seating for nearly 200 guests and a menu featuring varied cuisines. An outdoor courtyard with dining areas, a tranquility garden and walking paths provides patients and visitors an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. 

With the new building and renovations in the North Pavilion, Duke Raleigh Hospital will have a new unified front entrance off Wake Forest Road in 2022.

“The building projects at Duke Raleigh Hospital – including construction of the South Pavilion bed tower and the upcoming renovations to the North Pavilion – represent the strength of our commitment to Wake County and the communities we serve,” said William Fulkerson, M.D., executive vice president of Duke University Health System. “These projects are designed with careful attention to meeting the health and wellness needs of our patients, visitors and staff -- both now and into the future.” 

South Pavilion by the Numbers  

  • Construction began: October 2018

  • Construction completed: June 2021

  • Square footage: 210,200

  • Floors: Six-story construction

  • Inpatient Rooms: 92 private patient rooms including 28 for intensive care and 64 for acute care 

  • Perioperative Expansion: Nine state of the art operating rooms with an expanded sterile processing department. Expanded perioperative support suites including 26 Pre/Post/PACU bays.

  • First Inpatient Expected: July 12, 2021

  • Approximately $196 million total project cost for the South Pavilion and some upcoming renovations to the existing hospital—the North Pavilion. 

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