Wake Forest Baptist Health has announced plans to build a children's outpatient center, representing an investment of at least $30 million in the Triad.

The outpatient center is expected to offer a full range of pediatric clinics and services, along with imaging, on-site lab, and pharmacy services.

In a news release, Alisa Starbuck, president of Brenner Children's Hospital, said the facility will be “the region's only outpatient center of its kind, dedicated entirely to children-from infants to teens.”

Plans are underway to construct a nearly 50,000 square foot multi-level building to house the center. A site has not yet been chosen, but the health system says families, local officials, and pediatric experts will all be involved in the planning and design process.

The project is the latest step Wake Forest Baptist Health is attributing to its merger with Charlotte-based Atrium Health. The merger was finalized last October, with analysts predicting the partnership would have an annual economic impact of $32 billion and some 180,000 jobs.

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