Peaks in the Valley

The Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus was one of six hospitals nationwide to receive the NDNQI award for outstanding nursing quality

The Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus was one of six hospitals nationwide to receive the NDNQI award for outstanding nursing quality

This December, Akron Children’s Hospital’s Beeghly campus celebrates its 5th anniversary. Sharon Hrina, vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, reflects on the hospital’s growth, the many lives touched and how philanthropy has played a part.

“As I look back over the last five years, I am amazed at the growth of programs and services that we are providing in the Mahoning Valley,” says Sharon Hrina. “Aside from myself, we had one employee when we first acquired the Beeghly Medical Park in early 2008. At the end of 2012, we had 545 employees at six different sites in the Mahoning Valley.”

With the opening of the Beeghly campus in December 2008, the hospital provided the foundation for the only freestanding, pediatric hospital in the area by providing inpatient services, a 24/7 pediatric emergency room, laboratory and radiology services supported by pharmacy and rehabilitative therapies. Since that time, services have expanded to include primary care, hematology and oncology services, surgical and advocacy services.

“Although the Beeghly campus opened in 2008, Akron Children’s has had a presence in the Mahoning Valley since 2002 with the Heart Center, and we’ve been serving the families of this community for even longer,” explains Hrina. “The Beeghly campus functions as the hub for other programs and services offered at the hospital’s sites throughout the Valley. It’s difficult to talk about our growth and development without mentioning those sites, including the pediatric subspecialists located on the corner of McClurg and Market; Community Outreach, Education and Support Center located at Southwoods; our pediatric practice in Warren; and the pediatric unit we operate at East Liverpool City Hospital.”

In 2008, the Akron Children's Beeghly Campus opened its doors to bring quality pediatric care close to home in the Mahoning Valley.

In 2008, the Akron Children's Beeghly Campus opened its doors to bring quality pediatric care close to home in the Mahoning Valley.

Since the hospital’s opening, it has experienced the following patient encounters (as of August 2013):

The breadth and depth of the hospital’s services has grown since its doors opened five years ago, and so has the community’s overwhelming support.

“When we first arrived, nobody was sure how we would be embraced by the community,” says Hrina. “But we found that as people began to support our organization, others quickly followed. It wouldn’t have been possible for us to grow so rapidly without philanthropy.”

It was philanthropic support that led to the opening of the Ronald McDonald McFamily Respite Center in 2009, the construction of the Garden of Hope in 2010, and the opening of Alex’s Playground in 2012, among other hospital programs and services. Hrina notes that this support helps the hospital accomplish the goals she and her team set at the beginning of each year while also meeting the needs of unexpected initiatives identified by families and the community.

“Our annual list of what we want to accomplish ends up growing as the year goes on and as needs arise,” says Hrina. “Even though these community-fostered initiatives aren’t typically part of our initial plans, we usually find a way to fulfill them since we focus on family-centered care. More often than not, we do so through philanthropy.”

Hrina believes providing care for patient families when they need it most, and collaborating with the community, has contributed to the Beeghly campus’ success.

“We use Akron Children’s guiding principles in every decision we make: to treat each child as our own, to never turn a child away because of a family’s inability to pay, and to treat others as we’d want to be treated,” says Hrina. “Our community understands that these principles are important to us. Putting these principles in action has helped us earn their respect.”

Mahoning Valley Timeline


December - Akron Children’s Beeghly campus, the only freestanding, pediatric hospital in the area, opens.

December - Akron Children’s Center for Blood and Cancer moves from St. Elizabeth Health Center to the Beeghly campus.


April - The Ronald McDonald McFamily Respite Center opens.

May - Two integral philanthropic organizations formed: the Community Leadership Advisory Council and the Kids Crew volunteer fundraising committee.

October - A second Special Care Nursery location for subacute neonatal babies opens on the Beeghly campus.

November - The Outpatient endocrine/diabetes subspecialty practice begins at the Beeghly campus.


June - Child Advocacy Center adds mental health services support on the Beeghly campus.

June - Garden of Hope opens.

June - The Mahoning Valley’s first Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) location begins seeing patients on the Beeghly campus.

October - Surgical Services officially opens on the Beeghly campus.


July - Ophthalmology surgical services begin at the Beeghly campus.

August - Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley receives first distribution from the Kikel Charitable Trust to expand what is now the Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery on the Beeghly campus – the area’s first and only dedicated pediatric surgery center.


August - Child Advocacy Center finds a permanent home on the Beeghly campus.

August - Alex’s Playground opens.

October - The Mahoning Valley Parent Advisory Council, a group of volunteers who’ve used Akron Children’s Hospital and is interested in offering their input on issues that impact the care of children, holds its first meeting.


January - Akron Children’s begins operating the 15-bed pediatric unit located at East Liverpool City Hospital.

February - Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley is among six hospitals receiving the NDNQI award for Outstanding Nursing Quality at the American Nurses Association’s Nursing Quality Conference™.

July - Rheumatology services relocate from the Boardman Medical Pavilion to the Beeghly campus.

September - Construction for a new MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T MRI begins on the Beeghly campus.

Peaks in the Valley
Publication: Children's Progress
Issue: Fall

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