Surgical Facility Campaign Reaches $3 Million Goal

The campaign to raise $3 million for Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center’s $31.5 million surgical facility addition has reached its goal.

Lexington Medical Center announced the successful conclusion of the campaign at an event held Thursday evening at the hospital to celebrate the milestone. The effort which started in May 2018 was led by co-chairs Teen and Tim Timberlake, Kristie and Thompson Miller and Meg and Michael Holshouser. Meredith Andrews, Sara DeLapp, Kaye Leonard, Bob Lowe, Thompson Miller, Burr Sullivan and Paula Turlington served on the campaign executive committee.

“For generations, the people of Lexington have supported our hospital and we are incredibly thankful for their contributions, along with those from our neighbors in the surrounding communities,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of our hospital, so there is really no better time for this facility to open which will allow more people to receive convenient, high-quality care, close to home.”

Around 300 donors have supported the project, including individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions range from a few dollars up to $1 million.

“This campaign has shown how philanthropy can shape a community, and not just through one fundraising campaign,” said Lisa Marshall, chief philanthropy officer at Wake Forest Baptist Health. “When needs were identified, the people of this community responded. It’s been impressive to see people continue to step up to support their hospital and keep the community moving forward.”

The 26,500-square-foot facility includes four fully-digital operating rooms that can accommodate various types of procedures and specialties, a 10-bay post-anesthesia care unit for patients to recover from anesthesia after surgery, a urology procedure room, a spacious waiting area for families and private consultation rooms for physicians and family members.

“This hospital is one asset in which our entire community has a vested interest and we are all fortunate it is here,” said Bob Lowe, a member of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation board. “This expanded surgical facility means more of us are able to get the care we need close to home and to me, that is the essence of what a community hospital should be. This is our hospital – yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

The public is invited to see Lexington Medical Center’s surgical facility at a community event this Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.