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Neonatal Intensive Care

We provide the highest level of intensive care to sick and premature newborns. In fact, we rank among one of the best in neonatal care among children's hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Our neonatal expertise expands beyond our hospital campus in downtown Akron. We also own and operate NICUs at a few adult hospitals, as well as special care nurseries at our Beeghly campus and a couple other adult hospitals.

We provide a quiet and nurturing environment that closely mimics the womb with subdued lighting and noise; slow, gentle motions when treating preemies; and swaddling to provide a sense of security and flexion.

Research has shown that these practices result in:

  • fewer days on the ventilator
  • earlier feeding success
  • shorter hospital stay
  • reduction in complications
  • improved neuro-developmental outcomes during the first 18 months of life

Once settled in the unit, your baby will receive care tailored to his specific needs. We are not only committed to providing the most advanced neonatal care, but also to providing you with the emotional and practical support you need through parent mentors and lactation consultants.

Among the common prenatal conditions we treat are breathing, intestinal and surgical problems, congenital heart defects, prematurity and very low birth weight.

Advancing treatment.

We're always looking for ways to improve neonatal care and give our tiniest patients the best quality of life possible. We evaluate neonatal patient outcomes and benchmark our results against other neonatal intensive care units across the U.S. and Canada.

We're a member of the Vermont Oxford Network, a data-sharing collaboration of neonatal professionals worldwide, and one of only 12 centers to be part of the network's quality improvement initiative called, "Your Ideal NICU." One improvement that came from this initiative is cue-based feeding, which reduces hospital stays and feeding issues. Cue-based feeding sets standards for how premature babies are transitioned from tube feedings to bottle.

Oxygen therapy is another advancement. We now know that more oxygen is not better with premature infants. Following a model called POLAR, infants who are on a ventilator and weigh less than 1500 grams (3.3 lbs) get the least amount of oxygen. Studies have shown that POLAR reduces risks associated with chronic lung disease and a potentially blinding disorder, known as retinopathy of prematurity.

Other initiatives are less high tech, but equally proven. Kangaroo Care, or skin-to-skin contact between parent and newborn, has been found to stabilize vital signs, such as heart and respiratory rates, and lessen the need for oxygen, while also encouraging bonding.

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Locations

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NICU
Akron Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Kay Jewelers Pavilion
177 West Exchange Street
Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44302
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NICU, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Akron Children's Hospital NICU at Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44307
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NICU, Summa
Akron Children's Hospital NICU at Summa
Summa Health System - Akron Campus
141 North Forge Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
Fax: 330-375-7416
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NICU, Canton
Akron Children's Hospital NICU at Aultman, Canton
Aultman Birth Center,
2600 Sixth Street Southwest
Bedford Building, 4th floor
Canton, Ohio 44710
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NICU, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital NICU at St. Elizabeth
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
8401 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Special Care Nursery, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Special Care Nursery, Boardman
Special Care Nursery
6505 Market St.
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-746-8681
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Special Care Nursery, Lorain
Akron Children's Hospital Special Care Nursery, Lorain
Mercy Health - Veard Family Birthing Center
3700 Kolbe Road
Lorain, Ohio 44053
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Special Care Nursery, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Special Care Nursery, Warren
St. Joseph Hospital
667 Eastland Ave. SE
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Special Care Nursery, Wooster Community Hospital
Akron Children's Hospital Special Care Nursery, Wooster
Wooster Community Hospital
1761 Beall Ave.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Barbara Clouser
Barbara Clouser, MD

Site Director, Mahoning Valley Neonatology; Neonatologist

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Jennifer Grow, MD

Director, Neonatology; Neonatologist

Physicians/Providers:

John Ahmann, DO

Neonatologist

Melissa Andrianov, MD

Neonatologist

Arielle Bokisa, MD

Neonatologist

Justin Buland, DO

Neonatologist

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Harriet Feick, MD

Associate Director, Fetal Treatment Center; Neonatologist

Sean Frederick, MD

Neonatologist

Laura Jackson, MD, FAAP

Neonatologist

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Anand Kantak, MD

Neonatologist

Jamie Kistler, MD

Neonatologist

Bianca Leonardi, MD

Neonatologist

Jennifer Manning, DO

Neonatologist

Stacey Ramey, MD

Neonatologist

Scott Schachinger, DO

Neonatologist

Julia Schaffer, MD

Neonatologist

Jason Tatka, DO FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Emily Wiland, MD

Neonatologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Lindsey Bizzaro, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Deborah Borg, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Mary Bulford, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Indira Carroll, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Kaitlyn Coleridge, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Carol Crawford, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Mary Cugliari, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Donati, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Taylor Douglas, APRN-CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Christen Fenton, DNP, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Dolores Garcia, ADN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Katie Gerbetz, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Grand, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Diana Hannay, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Jenna Hospodar, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lori Inglezakis, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Amy Jackson, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Christina Jenkins, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Kara Kline, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Katelyn Lasek, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Jo Ann Lindeman, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Aimee Madden, PA

Physician Assistant

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Ashley Meiter, BSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Beverly Mike-Nard, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Morales, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Beverly Morrisey, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Marilyn Nibling, DNP, APRN-NNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Norch, APRN- CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Olicker, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Ptak, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Heather Putnam, CNP, NNP-BC

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Quarles, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Jaime Rennecker, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Katelyn Ruff, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Brenda Ryder, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Satterfield, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Singley, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Maggie Slavens, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Chelsey Smeiles, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie Strader, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Melissa Swaney, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie Sykes, DNP, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Co-Lead Advanced Practice Provider

Connie Teal, DNP, APRN-CNS

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

Hannah Tyrrell, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Eileen Walsh, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Winner, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Zimmerman, MSN, APRN-CNP

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

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Some of the Conditions We Treat...

birth defect, failure to thrive, hyperbilirubinemia, jaundice, respiratory distress syndrome, retinopathy of prematurity, transient tachypnea-newborn



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