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Akron Children’s Hospital Announces $18.6M Expansion

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BOARDMAN, Ohio — Akron Children’s Hospital announced today that it will break ground Oct. 7 for a $18.6 million construction project to expand its Mahoning Valley campus by more than 51,000 square feet.

The expansion will be divided into four phases over several years, the first of which will be completed in April. This project will include a two-story addition to Building A, renovations to portions of the current building and creation of a new entrance for the Beeghly campus that will improve how families access the services at the hospital.

Overall, the first phase of the project will add 47 exam rooms, including subspecialty and primary care. Services that 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.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

Local heritage will be incorporated into the interior design of the new building, officials said.

The project is part of the Building on the Promise: Vision for our Valley’s Children Campaign currently in progress. Funding will come from the hospital’s capital budget as well as philanthropic support from the community, said Bill Considine, president and CEO.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.