Earlier this year, Akron Children’s broke ground on the newest building on our Akron campus, and if you’ve driven by the hospital, it’s evident that construction is well underway for the new Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), outpatient surgical suites and other amenities that will be housed in our new building.
Now it’s time to announce yet another milestone in the hospital’s history: after much discussion and planning, Akron Children’s has committed to creating space in the new building for high-risk deliveries which are situations in which the mom is healthy, but the baby is high risk.
The Maternal Fetal Medicine team, with help from our surgical and nursing leadership, performed the first of such high-risk deliveries on the Akron campus on May 10. Ashton Daniell was successfully delivered at Akron Children’s after a large cyst was discovered on his neck during an ultrasound.
“Our neonatal transport team is one of the best in the country, but we estimate that each year we have about 100 deliveries where there is an especially high risk in transporting a newborn to our hospital,” said Akron Children’s President and CEO Bill Considine.
Examples include babies identified with congenital heart defects, neural tube defects, diaphragmatic hernias, abnormalities which may affect the airway, and other conditions that require the baby to have immediate access to pediatric specialists upon birth.
Another benefit is that the labor, delivery and recovery rooms would keep mothers close to their newborns as they would just be an elevator ride away from our new NICU.
As with other aspects of the building, the building planning team will organize kaizens for these new operating and labor/delivery/recovery rooms. Drs. Stephen Crane and Melissa Mancuso and their teams in Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Fetal Treatment Center will work closely with our Center for Operations Excellence team, architects, engineers and others to design this space.
“This is a perfect extension of our commitment to family-centered care,” Considine said.
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