Akron Children’s Prepares to Open Kay Jewelers Pavilion

AKRON, Ohio — Patient families, friends and the public are invited to take their first look inside Akron Children’s Hospital’s new $200 million Kay Jewelers Pavilion at a community open house April 26.

The seven-story medical tower will feature a new neonatal intensive care unit with 75 private rooms, a new emergency department, outpatient surgery center, and labor and delivery center for high-risk births. Construction began in May 2013.

“Every detail has been carefully planned with the care of our patients in mind — and we are thrilled to finally open our doors and invite everyone to see this exciting investment into our children’s well being,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s

The interior of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion features a backyard theme echoing the joys of childhood.

The NICU is “The Treehouse” — a soothing, healing environment where families can be comfortable while neonatologists and specially trained nurses care for the youngest and most fragile of infants.

The emergency department, nicknamed “The Puddle,” will provide a calming environment for children and caregivers in high-stress situations. It was especially designed to facilitate a more natural flow of admissions.

The outpatient surgery center, “The Sandbox,” will open with four operating rooms equipped for a variety of outpatient procedures.

The hospital’s new labor, delivery and recovery center, known as “The Garden,” is designed for cases when a baby is considered at high risk and in need of pediatric specialists the moment they are born. The soothing space is expected to serve about 100 families each year, keeping mothers and newborns together with a team of experts at close hand.

SOURCE: Akron Children’s Hospital.

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