BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will break ground soon on a $18.6 million expansion project at its Boardman campus.
The project will add 51,000 square feet to the hospital and will be broken up into four phases over several years.
The first phase, which begins in October and should be complete by April 2017, will add 47 exam rooms, including sub-specialty and primary care. The services which will relocate to this new building include: allergy, genetics, cardiology, general surgery, gastroenterology, neonatolgy, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, physiatry, plastics and reconstructive surgery, pulmonology, sports medicine and urology. In addition, the hospital will offer a new service, sports rehabilitation.
The expansion will make room for pediatric services, which are currently close to St. Elizabeth Health Center’s Boardman campus in rented space. The idea is to bring all of Akron Children’s pediatric facilities to one location.
“When you’re here, seeing your primary care physician or sub-specialty physician and you need lab work or an x-ray, you don’t have to go anywhere else now or get back into your car. You can just walk down the hallway and get the test you need,” said Clinical Administrative Director Lisa Taafe.
Sharon Hrina, vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, said hospital staff is excited to break ground and begin expanding its offerings for patients.
“The goals of this expansion are to improve access for families, increase our primary care capacity, relocate specialty services from the Boardman Medical Pavilion to the Beeghly campus, build our capacity for growth and consolidate our clinics,” she said. “We have been in this community for a long time and we are happy to invest and show that Akron Children’s will be here for many years to come.”
The entire expansion project includes a two-story addition to Building A, renovations to portions of the current building and creation of a new entrance for the Beeghly campus.
“I remember breaking the news seven years ago about our plans for the Beeghly campus, confident that we were building on a firm foundation of quality pediatric care,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO. “When we opened the doors to Mahoning Valley’s only pediatric hospital, we fulfilled our promise to bring high-quality care closer to home, and now we are building on that promise.”
Funding for the project will come from the hospital’s capital budget as well as philanthropic support from the community.