Providing high-quality care, close to home, is the driving force behind Akron Children’s expansion into Stark County. The hospital is expanding its services in several key areas in the region, including:
“We’re ensuring that we can offer the latest advancements to patients at the facilities closest to their families and friends,” says Lisa Aurilio, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer. “Doing so also enables us to forge better partnerships with families so we can fully manage the care of their children.”
For the past five years, Akron Children’s has provided outpatient pediatric subspecialty services – including cardiology, orthopedics, physiatry and neurology – on the Aultman Hospital campus in Canton.
“The core of what we’re doing is to position ourselves to better serve our families in greater Stark County by providing more accessibility to subspecialty services that parents would normally need to drive a half hour to an hour to receive,” says Cindy Dormo, vice president, department of pediatrics.
In the expanded agreement with Aultman, Akron Children’s will continue to offer these subspecialties, as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery, while operating Aultman’s inpatient pediatric unit, opening this fall.
“Through our staff of nurses and pediatric hospitalists, we’ll provide care to children ages zero to 17 who have medical issues that require hospitalization,” says Aurilio. “It could be anything from flu to gastrological infections to diabetes and pulmonary issues.”
Twice a week, a staff of Akron Children’s physicians, ultrasound technicians and genetic counselors provide outpatient and ultrasound services to women with high-risk pregnancies. Aurilio notes that it offers comfort and convenience to these patients.
“We love that we’re bringing care to these women closer to home,” she says. “They can deliver their baby right in Stark County, and if they need it, they’ve already established a close relationship with our hospital and our pediatric subspecialists, as these patients have their prenatal care coordinated through our Fetal Treatment Center.”
While some families may be willing to travel for sub-specialty care, they may feel less inclined to do so when their children need primary care. That’s where the hospital’s new ACHP locations can help.
“It really is expanding pediatrics to the community,” says Dormo. “The dedication our hospital gives to building our primary care network is exceptional. We are adding more sites and more providers to serve our families.”
On July 1, the pediatrics department at North Canton Medical Foundation became Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – North Canton. And on Sept. 9, the hospital opened Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Alliance and Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Perry, bringing the hospital’s total ACHP locations to 23.
“It’s important in our strategy to grow in such a way that we continue to build strong relationships with the private pediatricians and community hospitals,” says Dormo. “They are our community partners.”
As Akron Children’s continues to expand its reach, Dormo notes that one important thing remains constant: its mission.
“We’re providing accessible care to any child who needs it, regardless of a family’s ability to pay,” she says. “And we’ll continue to carry that philosophy with us wherever we go.”
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