When L.A. and Mabel Beeghly donated their 21-acre family homestead in Boardman to the Youngstown Hospital Association in 1965, they hoped that one day a children’s hospital would be built on their land. Little did they know that their own family would benefit from their generosity – four generations later.
The family saw the gift come full circle in January 2013 when the newest member of its family – Lyla Jane Beeghly – received care at Akron Children’s Beeghly Campus.
“When my husband, Ted, and I look back at the last few months, it really is quite extraordinary in the grand scheme of things,” said Dawn Beeghly, Lyla’s mother.
Dawn gave birth to Lyla six weeks premature on New Year’s Eve at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Youngstown. After a difficult pregnancy and delivery, Dawn and her family were comforted with the skilled care Lyla received at Akron Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that operates within the hospital.
“All the nurses help you emotionally while, at the same time, they care for your child,” said Dawn. “They’re wonderful there. We were all anxious for her to get well enough to be transported to the Beeghly Campus, where we knew that level of care would continue.”
On Jan. 8, Dawn and her family’s wish came true when Lyla was transported to Boardman. There, hospital staff closely monitored their tiny patient’s condition to ensure she reached the necessary developmental milestones for her to go home, such as gaining weight, eating and breathing on her own. While Dawn had served as a hospital volunteer for the past year and a half, her experience with Lyla gave her a deeper perspective on and appreciation for the hospital’s approach to care.
“It’s such a warm and inviting environment,” said Dawn. “The staff allayed our fears and made the transition easy. I can’t say enough about the NICU, the physicians and nurses, and the rest of the staff. In the midst of everything, we found the whole experience to be so positive.”
Today, as Lyla continues to grow and thrive, Dawn admits that it’s wonderful to see her husband’s great-grandparents’ dream come to life.
“Their hearts were always about helping children,” she said. “That’s why it was so special to have Lyla there. All those years later, she’s a recipient of that care they hoped would one day be available. It’s truly come full circle.”
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