BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Akron Children’s Hospital broke ground on its $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot Boardman campus on Thursday.
With shovels in hand, children helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking.
The construction represents the first of a four-phase project that will span the next several years. It includes a two-story addition to Building A, renovations to portions of the current building and the creation of a new entrance for the Beeghly campus that will improve access for families.
The first phase of the project is expected to add 47 exam rooms, including sub-specialty and primary care, and several services will move to the building.
In addition, the hospital will offer a new service — sports rehabilitation.
“We are excited to break ground and begin expanding our offerings for patients,” said Sharon Hrina, vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “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. 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 hospital says plans for the building include incorporating local heritage into the design.
“Akron Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the best pediatric medical care for children,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO. “We are investing in our facilities and expanding our services to provide quality care that is close to home and contributes to a healthy, happy future for the children of this community.”
Funding for the project will come from the hospital’s capital budget, as well as philanthropic support from the community.
Thursday’s ceremony also included a tree lighting.