When Dr. LeRoy Eberly accepted an opportunity to practice at the newly opened Beeghly campus of Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley back in 2008, it was a “returning home” moment for him; and an opportunity to make a meaningful difference for families and children here.
He, like many other area residents, worried after Tod Children’s Hospital, the Mahoning Valley’s only pediatric hospital, closed in 2007.
“When Tod’s closed we were all very concerned with what would happen to the pediatric population here,” Dr. Eberly said. “And look how far we’ve come in the past 10 years since we opened the Beeghly campus. Now we have inpatient surgery, sedation, pediatrics offices, and so much more.”
Dr. Eberly has lived and practiced in the Mahoning Valley since he completed medical school in 1997, and he’s one of a handful of physicians who’ve been at Beeghly its entire 10-year history.
Coincidentally, before starting his own practice in 2000, he was the medical director of the newborn nursery at what is now Beeghly campus when it was part of Northside Hospital’s Women and Infants Pavilion.
He first joined Akron Children’s in 2006 when it shared space at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, and then jumped at the chance to serve as a hospitalist at Beeghly campus when Akron Children’s moved into Boardman.
“For a market the size of Youngstown to have a freestanding pediatric hospital is relatively unheard of,” he said. “What Akron Children’s Hospital has here in Youngstown is truly unique.”
Dr. Eberly has proudly witnessed the hospital’s significant growth over the past 10 years, and he’s expanded his own services during that time to include sedation at Beeghly campus and pediatric urgent care in Warren.
Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley now has more than 800 employees with several locations throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Services vary from pediatric specialties like orthopedics, sports medicine and gastroenterology, to primary care and emergency services.
“I live in this community myself, and appreciate the opportunity the hospital has given me to treat patients and keep as many of them here locally as we can,” he said. “Akron Children’s Hospital has invested a lot of money and resources to allow us to keep so many patients here for their treatment, and I think that’s greatly valued by the families who live here.”