With the opening of the Timken Foundation Building Akron Children’s Health Center, North Canton, patients can expect the same kid-focused care they get in Akron, but without the travel time. For patients and brothers, Joshua and Levi Detweiler of North Canton, spending less time in the car means they can spend more time being kids.
Joshua, 7, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, in 2017. His treatment plan requires medication given via intravenous therapy (IV) every 4 weeks with gastroenterology. Joshua also sees rheumatology, ENT and allergy/immunology regularly, as well as his pediatrician.
“Although it’s a lot of specialties to manage, the good news is that we can get care right here in our own backyard,” said Kate Detweiler, Joshua’s mom. “Having this new facility so close means Joshua doesn’t have to miss so much school and we don’t have to carve out extra time to go to downtown Akron for care.”
Joshua’s little brother, Levi, 5, who has a history of seeing specialists and therapists related to mild cerebral palsy, has graduated from preschool and his regular therapy sessions. Previously, Levi had weekly physical therapy to help with walking and speech therapy. As Levi gets ready for kindergarten, he’ll continue to have regular follow-up visits with physiatry and see his pediatrician for his well visit before school starts this fall.
“I am a staunch advocate for early intervention,” said Kate. “It’s pretty remarkable that Levi had major deficits in multiple areas from the start and now he keeps up with his typical peers in every way. We are so grateful for Children’s Hospital’s staff who continues to walk alongside us on our boys’ journeys with compassion, understanding and wisdom.”
While the same kid-focused care found in Akron is offered at the North Canton health center, the interior touches of the new facility are a nod to the local community.
“Artwork, signage and building materials were all carefully selected to be kid-friendly and reflect Stark County’s character,” said Chris Petrone, operations manager, regional sites, Akron Children’s Hospital. ‘Through the eyes of a child’ is the theme that guides all our construction projects as well as our selection for art pieces. Our hope is that it fuels the imaginative minds of our patients and creates a comforting and uplifting space for families.”
The interior of the building’s lower level, dedicated to rehabilitation services, draws inspiration from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. A playful mural of children racing with a football greets visitors in the lobby space, while a stadium-themed mural is featured along the indoor track.
The football theme is also carried outside with a mini football field and outdoor space where patients can run, bike and trike as part of their therapy sessions. Additionally, popular northeast Ohio sports team banners are featured along the indoor track and colorful murals and artwork are on display in the sensory rooms.
The main floor of the center houses the Welcome Center and new location for Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, North Canton, which pays tribute to the nature trails throughout Stark County. Artwork, wall colors and even leaf-patterned flooring are reminiscent of images and colors found outdoors.
The second floor of the building features a variety of specialty services, including allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, physiatry, pulmonology, sports medicine, urology and vision. The décor of this versatile space is inspired by the John Glenn Grove Trailhead statue located in Stark County. The artwork, colors and patterns on the floor celebrate the love of flight – both Mr. Glenn’s accomplishments and the magic of the hot air balloon flights that take place with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.
Additionally, local children’s art from area schools adorn the walls of the entire building, which is a hallmark in all of Akron Children’s locations.
Free community open house
The community is invited to get a sneak peek of the new Akron Children’s health center in North Canton on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. It features self-guided tours, light refreshments and family entertainment.