Here’s your first chance to step inside Akron’s newest gem and celebrate our community’s most precious jewels – kids.
Patient families, friends and the general public are invited to take their first look inside Akron Children’s Hospital’s new $180 million Kay Jewelers Pavilion at a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.
The 7-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 after a year-long process that brought doctors, nurses, patient families, hospital leaders, architects and engineers together to brainstorm ways to make the new spaces as family-focused and efficient as possible.
“Akron Children’s was founded 125 years ago this year as a day nursery and has grown into a regional health system with the depth and breadth of clinical services that truly enable us to serve all of the children who need us,” said Bill Considine, chief executive officer of Akron Children’s. “This new medical tower takes Akron Children’s to the next level. 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 in our children's well-being."
The open house will feature entertainment, music, refreshments, guided tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Throughout the building’s public spaces and grounds, including a new outdoor amphitheater, families can participate in a variety of fun activities, including a photo booth, face painting, and arts and crafts.
Kids will enjoy playing life-size versions of popular board games like checkers, tic-tac-toe, Connect Four and Operation. They can climb into an ambulance, visit with members of Akron Children’s famed Doggie Brigade, and be entertained by puppeteers, costumed characters, and a bubble artist.
They will also have the opportunity to draw pictures that will become part of a permanent, public artwork at the hospital.
The interior of the Kay Jewelers Pavilion features a “backyard” theme echoing the joys of childhood and the idea that Akron Children’s has been a treasure in greater Akron’s own backyard since 1890.
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 care-givers in high-stress situations. It was especially designed to facilitate a more natural flow of admissions.
The GOJO™ Outpatient Surgery Center, “The Sandbox,” will open with four operating rooms equipped for a variety of outpatient procedures, including ENT, ophthalmology, urology, dental and some plastic surgery cases.
The hospital’s new labor, delivery and recovery center, known as “The Garden,” is designed for cases when babies are 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.
For more information, please call 330-543-2125.
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