Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 22, 2019

Navigating Campus as we Construct the South Pavilion: August 1 Changes

At Duke Raleigh Hospital, we strive to make our hospital the best place to give and get care in Wake County.

This summer, we began to lay the ground work for our new, six-story South Pavilion—with an expected completion in 2021—at our main 3400 Wake Forest Road campus. This 214,000 foot facility will be equipped with 92 additional patient beds, 9 state of the art operating rooms, and include an expanded café, new patient and family waiting rooms on each floor, an outdoor garden terrace with dining areas and a walking path, and a Same Day Surgery reception and waiting area that is connected to the outdoor terrace.

Additional renovations, encompassing nearly 40,000 square feet of the existing campus, will wrap up in 2022.

Please be aware of several parking and navigation changes as a result of this construction that take effect August 1.

Road Closures and Rerouting:

  • MAIN ENTRANCE OFF WAKE FOREST ROAD: Beginning Thursday, August 1 through mid-October, the main entrance of the hospital off Wake Forest Road will accommodate incoming traffic only. Vehicles will no longer be able to EXIT the facility from this location. Contracted traffic control officers will be present at the front of the hospital and at the exit of the P1 Parking Garage to guide patients and visitors.
  • PEDESTRIAN WALKING PATH AT THE FRONT OF THE HOSPITAL: A new accessibility ramp from the Wake Forest Road bus stop to the hospital opens on August 1.
  • SAME DAY SURGERY PATIENT DROP OFF: We will continue to have patients visiting our Same Day Surgery department dropped off at the main entrance of our hospital, 3400 Wake Forest Road. Patients should utilize our shuttle service from parking garages by calling 919-954-3164. Our patient transport team is available to help patients navigate to the department once inside the main hospital, just ask one of our volunteers at the information desk in the lobby to call this transport team.


  • SURFACE PARKING IN FRONT OF MOB 6: There will be a loss of 25 oversize vehicle and handicap parking spaces in front of MOB 6, 3320 Wake Forest Road. Additional spaces to accommodate these vehicles have been added to levels one and two of the P1 Parking Garage, directly next to MOB 6.
  • PARKING GARAGES: Since a large number of patients will be using our main hospital entrance to access our facility, please remember that we have two parking garages for patient and employee use on either side of the hospital, see our map for the location of our P1 and P2 parking garages.

Resources to Get You Where You are Going:

  • SIGNS will be posted in all parking lots, on the roadways, and on the digital signs in our hospital to help visitors find their way.
  • SHUTTLES are available to meet patients in front of the hospital, transport them where they need to go on a golf cart, then pick them back up and bring them to discharge when the time comes. Call the shuttle at (919) 954-3164 or ask one of our volunteers at the information desk in the main hospital lobby to call the shuttle for you.

Thank you for your patience as we grow our campus!

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 16, 2019

Support Lung Cancer Initiative Research with our Pie-Centage Night

Lung cancer takes more lives than colorectal, breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers combined. Duke Raleigh Hospital is engaged in activities to bring attention to this disease.

Join us at Pielogy Pizzeria at 4158 Main at North Hills, Raleigh, from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 for a Pie-Centage Night. Twenty percent of all attendee purchases will be donated to the Lung Cancer Initiative. To help contribute your check toward this effort, please download and present our flyer.

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 12, 2019

Wish Come True: Nurse Navigator Gives Back

Last year, Alicia Johnson, MSN, RN, NP, helped grant a patient’s wish for a holiday celebration with family with the help of local wish-granting organization Fill Your Bucket List Foundation. Johnson, a nurse practitioner and navigator with gynecology/oncology at Duke Raleigh Hospital Women’s Cancer Center, was so moved by her experience that she decided she had to get more involved.

“In our profession, we can experience feelings of helplessness, when we can’t change clinical outcomes for our patients,” Johnson said. “But, we can help provide them hope, and through my volunteer experience, I’m able to help provide some hope and happiness to many patients.”

Now, Johnson spends her free time as a “wish creator” with the organization, helping plan trips and experiences for the patients who receive the foundation’s help. Her perspective as a provider caring for patients with cancer brings a personal touch to her volunteer work with the organization.

“I feel that I have a unique ability to understand the clinical and emotional perspective of the cancer patients we’re helping,” she said.

Johnson helps adults with cancer throughout the state experience their favorite places with family and friends, or go somewhere they’ve never been before. The accommodations, travel, and meals are all covered by the organization.

“The wish granting gives a little sunshine back to the lives of patients going through a very tough diagnosis and treatment,” she said. “Seeing smiling faces in the photos of patients going on their trips has been so amazing and personally rewarding for me too.”

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 12, 2019

Duke Health Hospitals Again Receive Top Letter Grade for Safety

Duke Raleigh Hospital has earned the top score for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The “A” score for Leapfrog’s spring 2019 survey is part of the group’s Hospital Safety Grades, issued to hospitals every six months. Duke Health’s three hospitals— Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital—were among 832 out of approximately 2,600 hospitals surveyed nationwide to receive an A from the organization. Duke Raleigh Hospital has maintained an “A” safety grade since the fall of 2012 making it one of 56 nationwide and two in North Carolina to hold this record, according to Leapfrog.

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score grades hospitals on a scale of “A” to “F” based on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Grade is compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and is designed t o inform patients about facilities when faced with hospitalization.

To produce a single score representing a hospital’s safety performance, The Leapfrog Group’s rating system uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. Grades are calculated on process, structural and outcomes measures. Process and structural criteria represent how often a hospital gives patients recommended treatment for a given medical condition or procedure and the environment in which patients receive care. Outcomes measures include what happens to a patient while receiving care. 

Comparisons of hospital scores locally and nationally are available at

Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | July 4, 2019

Rock Garden at Duke Raleigh Hospital Has Positive Message

KidsCan! Children

Children involved in the KidsCan! Program pose near the rock garden on the Duke Raleigh Hospital campus.

Outside Duke Cancer Center Raleigh there is a garden where many go for the views and some quiet reflection.

Follow the winding paths to its center and there are brightly colored rocks with messages such as “Love for Dad,” “You are a superstar!,” and “Always look for the positive, be intentional.”

These new additions to the garden are meant to inspire those who may be struggling. They were created through the KidsCan! Program, established through a partnership with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and the Holt Brothers Foundation to aid children who have a parent with cancer. Creation of the rocks has been a part of these two-hour monthly meetings for children and their families since the program launched in Wake County in March.

“The rocks give the children of KidsCan! the opportunity to care for others,” said Hannah Sasser, child life specialist for KidsCan! of Duke Cancer Center Raleigh. “Making the rocks and using them in monthly meetings and sharing them in the garden gives these children something positive to do with their sadness and the frustration of coping with a difficult diagnosis for a parent.”

KidsCan! is designed for children ages 4-18 years of age and brings families together over a meal. After the meal, children create the colored rocks with drawings or inspirational messages to use during their small-group activities. During these group activities, they learn more about the disease and use the rocks to talk with other kids who have a family member with cancer while parents meet to discuss the impact of cancer on their families.

ribbon cutting ceremony

Family members of the late Ashley Linden, the creator of Rocks of Hope, and Susan Garrett, who took over the Rocks of Hope Initiative joined the ribbon cutting ceremony on June 4.

On June 4, the rock garden debuted with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the Duke Cancer Center Raleigh Survivorship Day, mostly comprised of rocks made by children enrolled in KidsCan! at Duke Raleigh Hospital. The rocks were an idea that grew from the Rocks of Hope Initiative that was started by the late Ashley Linden, Sasser said.

In the month KidsCan! Rocks has existed on campus, visitors, staff, and volunteers have joined the program’s children to contribute new rocks using supplies stocked in a small house adjacent to the rock garden beside Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, 3404 Wake Forest Road.

“We encourage our staff and the community to take a rock or use the supplies on site to make a rock for someone else to find,” said Sasser, who noted that visits to the garden are now a regular part of KidsCan! monthly meetings. “My greatest hope is that the rocks let the children of KidsCan! know that someone is thinking of them and cares about them. In the months ahead, we hope to continue to grow our rainbow garden and spread more optimism and creativity not only to these children, but to the greater Raleigh community.”

Want to Participate?

On Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, KidsCan! will be at the Duke Raleigh Hospital booth at the Midtown Farmer’s Market. Stop by to paint your own rock for the garden and learn more about KidsCan! and our child life services offerings.

Families interested in registering for KidsCan! in Wake County may contact Hannah Sasser, or 919-954-4117. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m.


–By Erin McKenzie

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