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Johnston Health Clayton

New Full-Service Hospital Brings Quality Health Care Closer to Home By Suzette Rodriguez – Public relations specialist for Johnston Health

When prospective home buyers come to

“People don’t realize they need emergency

services. It has a management agreement

Clayton, developer Jim Lee of the Walthom

services until they do, and then it’s the most

with Duke for hematology and medical

Group takes them on a tour. And one of his

important thing in the world,” he says. “Not

oncology. For the patient’s convenience,

stops is right at the front door to the emer-

only does Johnston Health Clayton look

the two cancer services are across the hall

gency department at Johnston Health Clay-

nice and new, but it’s got the latest technolo-

from each other at the three-story Johnston

ton.

gy, high-caliber physicians, and the service

Professional Plaza, which is a stone’s throw

is extraordinary.”

from the hospital.

the value of an ED to a small town. He was

Bringing Together

Also important, N.C. Heart & Vascular,

once a volunteer emergency medical tech-

World-Class Partners

which has offices on the Clayton campus

nician in nearby Garner and remembers

Mr. Lee likes to point out that Johnston

and in Smithfield, has added angioplasty

long ambulance trips through heavy traffic

Health Clayton contracts with Wake Emer-

and stenting to its cardiovascular services

to big hospitals. “Those were stressful min-

gency Physicians for its emergency cover-

at the flagship hospital in Smithfield. These

utes,” he says.

age, which is the same group providing care

interventional procedures are in addition to

at WakeMed’s trauma center in Raleigh.

electrophysiology studies and defibrillator

More than most folks, Mr. Lee recognizes

implants available for some time in the cath-

But there’s comparatively less traffic on N.C. 42 West, where Johnston Health Clayton

There are other heavy hitters on the Clayton

sits, within sight of the bypass of U.S. 70.

campus, too.

eterization lab. “We’ve brought together world-class care for

The campus is a five-to-10-minute drive from most Clayton neighborhoods, and the wait

Johnston Health partners with Rex/UNC

our communities,” says Chuck Elliott, presi-

to be seen in the ED is always short, he says.

Healthcare to provide radiation oncology

dent and chief executive officer of Johnston Health. “It’s been our board of directors’ strategic goal to provide more local options for health care. We want our neighbors, our friends, our family members to have quality, affordable health care close to home.” Speaking of quality, The Joint Commission in November recognized Johnston Health as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. Specifically, the health care system was recognized for achieving excellence in the measures relating to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. From an Outpatient Center to a Full-Service Hospital This month, Johnston Health Clayton com-

Spacious work areas like this second-floor nursing station reflect the bright, contemporary interiors of Johnston Health Clayton’s new facility.

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pleted a $50 million expansion and welcomed its first inpatients. The construction

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