Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley to move Special Care Nursery patients to private rooms

Akron Children’s to move Special Care Nursery patients


Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley now has individual rooms for its Special Care Nursery (SCN) and will move patients into the space this Tuesday.

The SCN, which is currently located on the third floor in Building D on the Beeghly campus, will move to the second floor. The new, 18 bed unit features 15 individual patient rooms, including three twin rooms, one isolation room, and one family overnight room.

“Our goal is to provide the best possible patient care, and single family rooms help us achieve that objective,” says Lisa Taafe, clinical administrative director for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “Research has shown that the infection rate decreases in a single patient room environment, and that they allow families to participate more in the care of their children.”

Philanthropic support for this project has been provided through a $1 million gift from Eleanor Watanakunakorn. The new SCN will be named in honor of her granddaughter, Alexis Caroline Watanakunakorn.

This marks the completion of phase II of a renovation project taking place on the Beeghly campus. The final phase of the project, renovating the former SCN into private inpatient rooms, is expected to be completed in November. The budget for the entire project is $1.9 million.


WHEN:            Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:          Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus

                        Building D

                        6505 Market St.

                        Boardman, Ohio


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